Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Father's Day

As previously mentioned, the kids were in Bryan Father's Day weekend, so on Sunday Jon and I drove up to meet them.  We had lots of outside play time before lunch.



 And an attempt at a Father's Day photo.

Later that afternoon we headed back to Houston.  When we got home the kids were excited to give Jon things they had made him.  




Our kids are so lucky to have a daddy that is fun, caring and involved.  They constantly ask where he is when he's not here.  Andrew has even told me, "I go to work with Daddy."   I seriously hit the jackpot with this one.  I always knew he'd be a great father.  I was out of town last weekend and came home to happy kids, a clean house AND the laundry done. :)  
Happy (belated) Father's Day!

Update: So preggo brain is at it again.  I totally forgot to post the Father's Day interview questions that I asked the kids about Jon.  As usual, it was entertaining (answers are bold/underlined):
Madeline
My dad is 23 years old. 
His hair is brown and his eyes are blue.
My dad likes to wear yellow.
He loves to eat something that's yellow and looks like a crescent...bananas!
He is smart because he knows how to do things like teach Andrew.
My dad works hard at work.  He sells money.
Daddy always tells me to listen.
It makes my Dad happy when when I listen.
If he could go on a trip he would go to San Antonio and he would take his work things so he could work.
I really love it when my daddy plays with me.
If I could give my daddy anything it would be a birthday present like a rock.
My favorite thing about my Dad is when he plays with me. 

Andrew (modified questions)
My dad is 5 years old 
His hair is spikey and his eyes are blue.  
He loves to eat tacos.
Daddy always tells me don't do that. (shakes his finger)
If I could give my daddy anything it would be no.
My favorite thing about my Dad is yellow.  Jon's favorite color is yellow. (Seriously, he said this.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

18 Weeks

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: 10 lbs (Yes, I gained 8 lbs in 2 weeks)
Maternity Clothes:  Pants and shorts
Gender: It's a BOY!
Movement: Yes, a few times a day
Sleep: A little better!  I'm up 2-3 times a night which is MUCH better than it was.
Symptoms: SO much better, THANK YOU sweet baby JESUS!  Week 17 was a complete turn around from how cruddy I've felt the past 3 months.  I can eat something other than carbs!  And sit in a restaurant! And cook!  And go to HEB!  All of which explains my 8 lbs weight gain in 2 weeks.  I've also regained some energy and motivation.  NOW I feel like I can enjoy being preggers instead of just whining about it.  I do have some classic symptoms (heartburn, back pain) but I'm ok with it.
What I miss: Wine.  In a bad way.  First world probs.
Cravings:  Fruit and salad.  This week I've cooked Chinese food 3 nights in a row, which I've never really done.  
Best Moment this week: Finding out our baby boy is healthy.  Not much can top that.
What I am looking forward to: Now that we know the gender it's time for the fun part: Getting baby stuff together, chatting about names and designing his nursery (all of his other things will be hand me downs from Andrew, so little dude will be getting an updated room).  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Baby #3 Gender Reveal!

The kids spent last Thursday-Sunday at "Granny Camp."  On Friday we had the baby's anatomy scan and were able to find out the gender.  At Friday's scan we found out that baby #3 is a BOY!  I get SO nervous at these scans until the radiologist says everything looks good.  We got the all clear and were all smiles. Before the ultrasound we decided that since the kids were at Jon's parents house and most of his family would be gathering there on Sunday for Father's Day,  it would be fun for the kids to cut a cake with everyone for a gender reveal.
The cake came out SO cute!



 We have this all on video, and looking back on it Madeline was SO nervous.  She said, "Ok. If it's blue it's a boy.  If it's pink it's a girl."  And then she took a few deep breaths (seriously, her nerves were shot). 


 And then this happened. I was hoping she'd be ok, but my mommy intuition knew better.  It probably didn't help that the room was full of loud people and we had four cell phones on FaceTime.  I scooped her up and brought her outside and we talked about it for awhile.

 In all the hoopla this is the only picture I have of the inside of the cake: Andrew eating it. It's never too early for third child syndrome, right? :)  Andrew was happy because he got cake, but I know he'll be thrilled with a little brother once he gets here.  We kept saying "baby" and he would say "cake."

We are still dealing with Madeline's emotions about it, and that's ok.  I'm sure it will be this way until her new little brother gets here, but once she sees him she'll be fine.  We talked lots about what a good helper she'll be.  She's agreed to give him a bottle but will not "change stinky diapers." (I don't blame you, sister!) 

Anywhoo, ultrasounds are always such a joy, to be reminded that there's actually a little person in there.  Jon says it's at that point it gets real for him.  Since I often refer to Andrew as little buddy or little man, I'll start calling this one little dude until I can come up with something better.  Or not.  

When the tech was doing the ultrasound, we saw him put his hands behind his head, which is how Andrew likes to sleep.  He was curled up in a ball for most of it, so we didn't get a good pic of his face.  These two were the best:

He's curled up in a ball, knees tucked in, looking down with his hands on his legs.

Yoga moves: legs above his head.

So now begins the great name debate!  And yes, I'm sure a spreadsheet will be involved. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trip to San Antonio and Exciting Family News

Currently, my parents, siblings and their significant others are on a trip to Rome and Medjugorje.  Jon and I decided not to go, because the thought of leaving our kids halfway across the world for 8 days was enough to make me batty.  As much as we enjoy taking trips, after three nights, we're both itching to get back to them.  After four nights I'm like "This beach is pretty and all but get me on a plane and back to my kids NOW before I hurt someone."  So this is our season in life, and I'm ok with it despite my severe FOMO (fear of missing out).

So imagine my FOMO in overdrive when I found out the day before they left that this would be happening....
Yes, my friends... he put a ring on it!!!   I am SO SO SO happy for Maria and Ryan!  They are so great together and Ryan is the perfect addition to our family.  Although we couldn't be there, they were sure to FaceTime us later to share the good news.  I immediately emailed Maria the link to my secret Pinterest wedding board (I wish I was kidding).  

ANYWHOO...Once the fam planned this trip I knew I'd be a little sad the day they left, so Jon and I decided to plan a mini vacay to San Antonio with the kids leaving the same day.  We stayed at the Hyatt Hill Country.  I had always wanted to go, and it was such a perfect place to take the kids!  It was like fancy family summer camp.  Our room was upgraded to the first floor with a patio, so it was great for running back and forth between the room and other activities.


After checking in we headed back out to for dinner at Cheddar's.  We got the party started with a round of drinks: milk for the kids, a margarita for Jon and water spiked with ice for me.  


When we got back to the hotel the kids played on the playground and then we went to roast marshmallows and make smores.



Once it started to get dark (8:30 ish) it was movie time on the lawn.  Friends with kids: I'll give you one guess as to what the movie was. (Answer: Frozen)  It was quite hilarious listening to the kids (and parents) sing along to the songs, especially during "Let it Go".  My own little diva must have been overcome with emotion during the last verse, because she quickly stood up, waved her arms like Elsa, and sang.  I would have paid good money for a video of it.


At 9:45 Madeline said, "I think it's time for me to go to bed now."  Girlfriend was tired.  It was Andrew's first time to sleep outside a crib/pack n' play, and once he was settled he slept pretty good.  

Saturday morning we went to the pool/lazy river/beach area.  One perk of having early risers is that the area was pretty sparse for a few hours.  Later on Jon and I ran into people we knew from college: My Theta New Member Educator (circa 2001) and a guy Jon knew from Ol' Ags and hadn't seen since graduating college.  It was good to catch up.

Overheard from another kid while playing in the sand: "Dad, can we build a sand lake house?"  It was so hard to contain my laughter.

 If I can't be on a real beach, this was the next best thing!

Andrew was saying, "I see fish!  I see alligators!"

After 5 hours of playing followed by naps, we went to visit our good friends, the Harris family.  They moved 3 years ago from Houston to San Antonio and we miss them dearly!  We also got to meet their new addition, baby Elle.  She was sleeping by the time I started taking pics, but it was so nice to finally meet her.



Yes, kids, I feel the same way!  We miss you!

Sunday morning we headed to breakfast and Madeline requested to wear her PJ's.  Why not?  Nothing screams "fancy family summer camp" like eating fruit loops in your PJ's at a nice restaurant. 

 Unfortunately, it was an overcast/rainy day so we decided to check out and go to a drive through safari in New Braunfels.  I thought it might be lame, but I was really impressed with the grounds.  The speed limit was 5 mph so the kids were allowed out of their seats to feed the animals.  Andrew kept saying, "I see a reindeer!"  while Madeline would say, "It's sooooo cute!" to every animal she saw.



The animals seemed unimpressed with their human visitors.  At one point Andrew got bored and decided to crawl into the back of my car and help himself to a snack.

And then we passed ostriches.  Y'all....those stinking birds are CRAZY.  One tried to get in my car and I'm sure this one tried to bite my face off after I took this picture.  Needless to say we all started screaming and rolled up the windows.

After lunch we headed back to Houston.  The kids really are fun to take places these days, and it's SO much easier than it used to be.  Throw some clothes, PJs and snacks into a bag and we're ready to hit the road. I'm well aware that things are about to be shaken up again, but I know that tough baby stage will fly by and we'll be ready to hit the roads again!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Insta-May

Little man loves to be a little helper, although everything these days tends to be "I do it!"  One of his favorite things to do is water plants and the grass.


I'm trying to transition him to silverware duty, but he insists that ALL the forks (including the kid ones) and ALL the spoons should go in the same spot.

At the beginning of the month we got together with some of my Theta friends.  We figured out that come this August, we'll have known each other for 13 years!  We don't see each other as often as I'd like, but I love the time we do get to spend together.

The kids school had a "muffins with mom" morning.  Madeline drew this picture of she and I....

...and dictated the bottom part.  My favorite: "She is so good at driving cars."

 Andrew and Lilo enjoying a leisurely nap by the pool

 You might have to click on this one to make it bigger.  It's basically the story of my life.

Sweet friends at the park!  The kids love taking pictures on the bike rack.



 Hitching a ride at the garden center

This is what happens when you don't nap at home.

I was getting some things together before we left for the pool and saw this.  Sometimes they really do love each other. :) And yes, they are sitting in Fergie's dog bed.  They sit in it more than she does.

Saturday night we went to a BBQ at my friend Stephanie's house to celebrate her birthday.  This is how my kids entertained themselves.  (They were in their jammies because we were getting ready to leave her house WAY past their bedtime).

The birthday girl is in the middle.  I've known these peeps for over 20 years.  Oh, the blackmail pictures we could gather between the group of us.