Thursday, July 31, 2008
I think it's possible that I dropped already, although it doesn't necessarily LOOK like it to me. Al thinks I have, but who knows. I do know that I have a lot of pressure and discomfort, but I've heard that you get that really early with 2nd (and subsequent) pregnancies. And I have to pee all the time! I took these pics today to see if it appears that I've dropped. I can't tell. What do you think?
8 weeks until c-section date. I have a hard time believing I'll make it that far, but I do recall thinking that with Tyler and he was overdue, lol! So clearly I don't have a good track record of predicting these things.
And check out my impressive tan. I don't think you'd know I were really tan unless you saw the difference from my non-tanned belly!
I'm going to be having a party with my Oxi-clean spray and the Clorox bleach pen tomorrow. If that doesn't work, expect the tears to flow.
I have a feeling I'll be hitting up some garage sales this weekend.
"If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
I won't bore anyone with the details, and because this is a public blog, I'll just simply say that I have my 7-year-old neighbor staying with us. She's been here since Monday. She SHOULD be leaving by Friday. It's been a rough few days, and there are many complicating factors, but I'll be happy when Friday is here.
So, without being able to say anymore, I will just leave you with a photo. It's not even a good photo, but it will have to suffice. This was today at Lithia Springs. Tyler is playing on Maggie's hotdog flotation device.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We've been saying, for at least a month now, that we were going to take Tyler to Disney for his birthday weekend. My parents are going to be here, and Al supposedly won't be deployed anywhere. We figured it would be a nice little way to celebrate Tyler, especially since his little brother will be here pretty soon and stealing a lot of attention.
Tyler has said all along that he wanted to stay at Pop Century. He's only ever stayed at a value resort, or else I'm sure he'd want to stay somewhere else, but of the value resorts Pop Century is his favorite...because it says "P O P spells Pop". Yep, quite a feature, huh? Anyway, his other request was going to Chef Mickey's for his birthday breakfast. He's only been there once, which was for his 3rd birthday breakfast.
Being that I've known of this plan for at least a month, you might think that I would have called before to make these reservations, huh? Nope, not me. Mommy of the year waits until last night. Thank goodness I was able to get Pop Century reservations, but there is NOTHING at Chef Mickey's that whole weekend. Not for breakfast OR dinner either day. I had to settle for The Crystal Palace for dinner on Saturday, which was the ONLY thing they had available.
Now don't get me wrong, Tyler won't be upset about this and will be thrilled with his birthday, but it just irritates me that I couldn't make his weekend perfect. All because I waited too long.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Yesterday I had to organize all of Tyler's room. I rearranged everything and weeded out all of the "baby toys". It's mostly done.
Today I tackled the baby's room while Al had Tyler outside for a while and then while he was napping and later after he fell asleep. The baby's room has been our spare bedroom/office/junk room for a long time now. And it's filled to the brim. While I was in NJ Al got all the baby's furniture in there and set up and we discovered we didn't even have room for it all even after we got out the office stuff. I decided that the dresser should go IN the closet, but that of course meant that today I had to clean out that closet. Ugh. But in order to do so I had to clear out my hope chest to make room for the scrap booking stuff that was in the closet. Thoroughly bored and confused? I am. Anyway, long story short, the dresser is in there and I have PILES of things everywhere. Some stuff is already on Craigslist, other stuff has to be photoed and put on eBay, some stuff will be donated if we don't have a garage sale. And yet the rest of the heap (which, believe me, there still is a ton) has to be relocated somewhere else in the house.
I know I've vented before about this (but probably not on the blog) but what is my husband's resistance to getting rid of his things? Here I am getting rid of scrap booking stuff and memorabilia and other seemingly useful or meaningful things, but yet my husband won't part with any of his huge 2 Tupperware containers of baseball cards. Baseball cards?! Contrary to his beliefs, these will never have value. Ever. And, no, Tyler won't want them. And then there are the endless electronics. I won't even get into that, because it will irritate me all over again.
At least we did have some down time. We took Tyler out miniature golfing. I kept score while the boys practiced their skills. I believe the score was somewhere in the vicinity of 60 to 378. I bet you can guess who won. He, he. Tyler actually did well though, meaning he played all the holes without losing interest and running up and down hills and trying to float mulch in the streams. That's not to say he didn't do those things, but he stayed with our group and attempted to golf the whole time. Improvements!
Oh, and I have yet to drive my brand new vehicle. The man who insisted that he didn't want a minivan has been commandeering the driver's seat.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Today we went out to breakfast and decided on a whim to stop and look at some vehicles today. We've been toying with the idea of getting a new vehicle for probably at least a year now, but honestly, just the finances have been holding us back. With gas prices the way they are, and trying to live more environmentally conscious, I really didn't want to upgrade vehicle sizes. However, we are in a fairly unique situation. Anytime we have family visit they arrive via plane, meaning that I have to pick them up from the airport and then rely on our vehicles to go places. Which means, 2 months from now, it would be literally impossible for me to even pick up my parents from the airport in my Nissan Sentra. 2 car seats, 3 adults, and luggage? Not gonna happen. Going to McDonald's down the street with our immediate family and my parents would require 2 vehicles. That isn't so appealing. Anyway, we really thought we needed something bigger, but, like I said, who WANTS a larger car payment? Let me restate that, who wants a car payment at all? We are currently paid off on our vehicles which is an awesome feeling!
Anyway, we decided to at least "look" today.
So I bet you can guess were this post is going to lead....
First we went to Nissan, because Al and I have both owned Nissan's (and I currently do) and we've been very pleased with them. They had nothing in stock to help us out. NOTHING!
We decided to cross the street to Honda because Al wanted to look at the Honda Pilot. I had heard good things about it too, but as soon as I saw inside, I knew it wasn't for us. Not only could I physically not get myself into the 3rd row, but there was very, very limited storage behind the 3rd row. So much for toting around a double stroller! And I'm not about to drive around a full size SUV, so it looked like I was out of luck and we were back to the drawing table.
The salesman asked us to "humor" him and take a look at the Odyssey. I was fine with the idea and had heard great things about the Odyssey. Not to mention that my grandparents have had one for years and love it. But if you know Al you know he is STRONGLY opposed to the idea of a mini van. I sort of understand where he's coming from, but in all honesty, I'm all about practicality now. The Odyssey was gorgeous! He begrudgingly took the thing on a test drive and disliked it, saying it drove like a car (which is what I truly wanted). I got in the driver's seat next and I was amazed how nicely it drove. Al agreed that he loved the comfort and we couldn't argue with the amenities. We just weren't going to get that type of storage and comfort in that price range in an SUV of any sort.
It has a "sportier" body style than the typical image that comes to mind when you say "mini van"...or at least we're telling ourselves that.
It has a really cool seat in the center of the 2nd row. It folds down to give the appearance of 2 captain's chairs (and you can even push the 2 chairs together), but it also can be used as an 8th seat. Obviously it would really only fit a child, but it's still a nice feature.
As you can see, the seats can be arranged in various ways, which I won't bore you with, but will at least just provide a photo of some of the options.
Some other cool features:
- The video screen on the rear view mirror that allows me to see the view behind me when I back up. Wahoo, hopefully I'll never have to report that I backed over Tyler's tricycle!
- Heated seats. Utterly useless in Florida, but probably cool once we get to North Carolina and somewhere that offers a climate other than oppressive heat.
- Tons o' cup holders. Tyler loves this as well. Doesn't everyone love the option of where to store your sippy cup?
- Various climate centers (or some other fancy term). Basically, as Tyler puts it "I have my own air conditioning, like on an airplane." Honestly I don't find airplane seats to be luxurious, but obviously the individual overhead fan on a plane is a selling point for a 3-year-old, thus his fascination with this feature.
- "Automatic doors" says Tyler. Infant seat in one hand, unruly toddler attached to the other, and the option to open my doors hands-free! How cool is that? Don't be surprised if I hearby refer to them as "magic doors", as Tyler thinks "automatic" and "magic" are one in the same.
- Storage galore. I don't know anyone who doesn't like storage!
- 6-disc CD changer. Wow, I can have the Backyardigans AND my Wicked CD in there at the same time! Options, my friends, options are wonderful!
- Power moon roof. You can see the stars.
- Attached pull-down window shades (the kind that you normally have to hang up on the windows to shield your newborn from deadly sun rays). These ones don't even have Elmo on them. Plain black. Go figure!
- Side curtain airbags. Nothing witty to say about that, but it makes me VERY happy!
Well, after much discussion, we are now the proud owners of a 2008 Honda Odyssey E-XL.Al will now acquire my 2002 Nissan Sentra, as that is WAY better on gas mileage than his old clunker SUV, lovingly referred to as the "Ford EXPLODer". We figure that will save us almost $240 a month in his driving expenses, and since I don't drive too far, we shouldn't acquire too much more expenses in that area.
We enjoyed a nice dinner out to Red Lobster tonight to celebrate. We joked that this would be our last meal out as we now have a huge car payment. Hey, at least if we wanted to eat out, we'd only have to take one vehicle!
And, just so it's on the record, Al now LOVES driving it. Just don't tell any of his friends!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday we did some visiting with my grandparents and other assorted activities that Tyler picked, such as a trip to the playground and a meal at Friendly's.
That night, after MANY tears, we flew home. Luckily Tyler was very good on the flight, and he was THRILLED to see his daddy. The excitement only continued when we got home, when he was greeted with his brand new furniture he had been talking about for weeks! We had fully intended on having him sleep on the lower trundle bed until he was a bit older, but he completely was against sleeping there, but instead wanted to sleep "up top". We agreed, and just pulled the trundle out while he was asleep in case he fell, but he did great. I think I will be buying a bed side railing though, just in case.
Wednesday we got right back in the swing of things, with a trip to the doctor's office to pick up Tyler's physical forms and then to Target for lunch and grocery shopping. While Tyler napped (yes, NAPPED!!!) I did his preschool paperwork and then I woke him to go to his orientation at preschool. We met the director, who was very nice, and we're all set for him to start school in less than a month. I can hardly believe it! From there it was off to the library and then we came home to make dinner and do some straightening up. I know, fascinating, huh?
Oh, and we discovered that Tyler's little tomato plants had grown while we were in NJ and he had 3 ripe tomatoes. He gobbled those little guys up as quickly as could be and said they were quite tasty.
Today I had my OB appointment. I'm 30 weeks today. 9 weeks exactly until the big day! I'm only down .5lbs and everything is measuring on track. I guess that's about it!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Meanwhile Tyler and my parents enjoyed the VERY HOT Cape May County Zoo. Tyler really liked some of the animals (he claims his favorite was the giraffe or the peacocks), but especially loved some of the carnival-like games they had to play. Oh, and a big highlight was the bathroom with the push pedal that you used to flush the toilet. He's easily amused.
They were back home by probably 2:30, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time off, even if I wasn't at the spa or anything. It's amazing how a little break makes you much more able to handle the kabillion questions I get thrown daily.
Speaking of "handling" things, I'm about ready to force Tyler's pacifier back on him. My child who normally slept 9-12 hours per night PLUS a 2-3 hour nap daily is now sleeping only about 8-10 hours a night. Lovely. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so greatly affecting his behavior. I've about had it up to here with the attitude. He tells me to stop, he throws things, he hits, he's even taking to spitting. My all time favorite was when he threatened to "rip you in half". Nice, huh? He's claiming he's not sleeping because he has "nofing to suck on". He never asks for binki, but I'm about ready to give it back to him and duct tape it in his mouth. LOL.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Now that camp is over, I'm reminded that my trip to NJ will soon be coming to an end as well. We'll be leaving on Tuesday and likely won't be back until Christmas. Boohoo.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Upon leaving the restaurant we encountered the cow walking down the median of the highway, presumably just drawing attention to the restaurant (it has just recently opened so many people don't know it's there). Lo and behold a cop car turns around with it's lights on and presumably tells the cow that he can not walk down the median and then proceeds to park his cop car perpendicularly in the road to stop traffic to help this cow cross the road. Tyler found this all greatly amusing and proceeded to say to my mom "Mom-mom, you ever seen a cow cross the highway before?". Most of us probably have not. LOL. This is a great story that Tyler loves to share with anyone and everyone.
That night we (my parents and I) decided to order cheese steaks when Tyler announced that he'd rather have "China food" (which we corrected him as being "Chinese" food). He ordered won ton soup, white rice, and chopsticks. He's never touched a chopstick before, but apparently he had just seem them on his "Around the World in 80 days" Mickey DVD we borrowed from the library. He had a grand time with his chopsticks, and I must say he didn't do too bad.
I guess I probably did not mention that I guess I'm sick. So, pretty much, my parents raised Tyler while I dealt with some crazy flu-like illness for a few days. My parents took him all sorts of places: my grandparents house, the lake (a few times), back to Chick-Fil-A one night, camp, the pet store, etc. Me, I laid in bed.
The following are some photos from a country fair they took him to. In all honesty, I'm really not displeased that I missed it. Totally NOT my cup of tea. And I find it shocking that any 3-year-old would appreciate a demonstration on how to operate a horse treadmill, civil war reenactment, how to operate a loom, antique baby shoe collection, broom maker, blacksmith, etc. But Tyler loved it and I am happy that this type of stuff does interest him. I just have to secretly cringe when he asks me to look up on the internet how to make yarn. LOL.
Monday, July 14, 2008
On Thursday I reached 28 weeks. I believe that brings me into the 3rd trimester. Wahoo!
On Thursday, after preschool camp, we called my brother Chris and we all went out to lunch (myself, Tyler, my mom, and Chris) and then on a little outing. My brother occasionally works at a local blueberry farm. It's not open to the public at all, instead it's a family owned business and they sell to companies. However, they allowed us to come in and pick since they know my brother well (the owner's son is my brother's good friend).
Sunday, July 13, 2008
From there he actually had a nap (phew) and then we went to Atlantic City. My mom had 3 free buffet vouchers (and Tyler is free until he turns 4) so we were able to eat for free. We meandered along the boardwalk for a while, which is always fun to Tyler.
From there we hit a few rides on the boardwalk (I'm sure you'll all bored with pictures of Tyler on rides by now).
Then it was off to spend some time on the beach. I'm convinced that Tyler never goes in the water on days where we have a bathing suit, but if we're there with the intention of not going in the water, of course he wants to go in....in his clothes. Oh well, life goes on with wet shorts or not. Tyler had a ball running from the waves, spinning in circles, and otherwise just enjoying life.