April 30, 2009

Mispronunciations

One of the (many) things I love about having two toddlers is their speech. It cracks me up. I love to listen to their mispronunciations. I know I probably miss some great ones when I'm "tuning Steven out." (The boy will talk for HOURS without taking a breath - I have to tune him out for my own sanity, sometimes...don't judge me) But yesterday, I wrote down a few of my favorites from Steven. Here are a few, followed by his typical usage of each word.

1. Glove = glub
I want to play T-ball with those kids with my black and orange glub.

2. Elevator= elder-bator (we live on the 2nd floor of our building and this it has become part of our daily lives)
I will press the button for the elder-bator.

3. Bicycle = bi-skick-al
I am really fast on my BI-SKICK-AL!!!!

4. Birthday = Birs-tay
I am going to be 4 on my birs-tay!

Gabby's aren't so much mispronunciations as they are just random words and sounds that she throws together to convey a message. A few examples:

Me-me-me-me-me-me-meeelk = I would like some milk (the more urgent the request, the more Me's)

'ommy, we-you-heeeeep-meeeee? = Mommy, will you help me?

a-saw. a-saw = will you sing me a song?

no-no-no-no = I just did something that I know I'm not allowed to do.

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Yesterday, Gabby had her 18-month check up. She is a healthy girl and I really like the pediatrician we see on this base. What really surprised us was that she was in the 50% for both her weight and head circumference but in the 90-95% for her height!!! Steve wasn't with us and the nurse asked me if Gabby had a tall Daddy. Nope, she comes from a pretty short couple and I have no idea why she is tall. I didn't even know that she was tall. She's 33 1/2 inches and wears size 2T pants. I told the nurse that she'll probably be just like me - she'll be the tallest girl in her class all the way up until junior high and then she'll just stop growing. I've been 5'3" since the 7th grade. We'll just have to wait and see if Gabby will be the same way.
Well, that concludes my completely random post for today but now you're all caught up!

April 28, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday

As of yesterday, I am 30 weeks pregnant. Yes, 30! That means I am 3/4 of the way through, 75% done, I have 10 weeks (or less) until D-day, there are only 70 days left, I have been pregnant for 210 days... and I am officially huge. First of all, I cannot believe how fast the first 30 weeks of this pregnancy have gone. I also cannot believe that so far, I have done absolutely NOTHING to prepare for this boy's arrival. Really. Nothing. Not that there is a ton that needs to be done. You see, when you have 3 children in less than 4 years and you hold onto everything your babies need, it seems that poor #3 needs nothing new. He will have no new bed, no new swing, no new diaper bag; we have just about everything he will need. It's just a matter of getting it all out and ready for him. So, here is my list of:

Top Ten Things I need to do in the next 10 Weeks

1. Think of something to call him (besides #3, The Hudson Hornet, JJ the Jet Plane, and Baby). A name would be good.
2. Get the infant car seat out of the closet, clean it, and adjust the straps to that teeny-tiny size.
3. Wash the newborn sized clothes I have stashed away...somewhere. There aren't many (I did not keep all of Steven's clothes) but his sweet and very generous older cousin, Nolan has offered to send him some of his outgrown newborn clothes. Isn't he so sweet? Thank you, Nolan.
4. Set up a changing table on our dresser and purchase wipes and diapers in those little tiny sizes.
5. Get the bassinet out of the closet and clean it.
6. Buy sheets for the bassinet that aren't pink. Thankfully, we were thinking when we bought the bassinet for Gabby and got a gender-neutral one and "girled it up" with pink accessories.
7. Make a bunch of casseroles and other meals and freeze them...in my TINY freezer (So I won't have to cook and we don't end up eating fast food right after he's born). And then not buy anything else that needs to go in the freezer until after they are all gone because there won't be any room.
8. Tour the hospital where I will deliver.
9. Teach Gabby to stop pointing every one's eyes out by jabbing them in the eye ball while saying, "Eyyyyyeeeee." This will not go over well with a newborn.
10. Relax and wait for a new, sweet-smelling, beautiful, little gift to grace us with his presence in our family.

Here is all the baby stuff we have stashed away. The bins are full of clothes, blankets, burp rags, bottles, a boppy pillow and lots of other miscellaneous "baby things." You can also see the car seat, the bouncy seat, the Graco bassinet, and the changing pad (yes, it's the same one Gabby was sleeping on in THIS post). It's all there waiting to be brought out, cleaned up and set out for Baby Boy.

April 21, 2009

Awesome

I don't watch beauty pageants, so I missed this. But Miss California is the winner in my book. HERE is why.

April 20, 2009

Steven's Bike Riding Debut

Warning: These may be a little long and boring to those of you not sharing DNA with Steven.

This first one was last week. He was doing pretty well. He just has to learn to watch where he's going a little better and not almost run over Gabby or Mommy!

(Please don't mind my or Gabby's outfits - we were in our PJs already and put sweaters on to go watch Steven ride)

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This second one was taken this afternoon, right after he learned to get started on his own, without us holding the bike upright for him as he gets on it. He still needs some practice - it takes him a while. But it ends with a GREAT wipe-out after he turns around to look at Daddy. But his bike is so small that he doesn't fall very far, so he doesn't get hurt when he falls. He just gets up and gets back on - he's all boy!

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April 18, 2009

Weekend Update

This weekend, I got to catch up with and visit with my old friend (not that she's old - just that we've been friends since we were 17!), Michelle. It was great to see her. She made the drive out from Kansas on Thursday and left earlier this evening. We had such a great time talking and just lounging around. We took the kids out by the lake and walked around, enjoying the beautiful weather, yesterday. Today, it rained all day so we did a little shopping. I hope she enjoyed her visit half as much as I did. My kids took to her right away and preferred her lap to mine, her hand hold to mine and generally seemed to enjoy her attention.

In completely random news;

- I think I have allergies. My eyes and nose are running, my throat is itchy and it no fun.

-I bought the new baby a baby book today. It is very cute. I keep one for Steven and Gabby and today I started his. I wrote about his mommy and daddy and about the pregnancy. It was fun to start his little book of memories and flip through the pages, wondering what kinds of memories I will soon fill them with.

-Steven has recently discovered that people have dogs and that it is possible that WE could own one. He has talked a lot about having a dog. Oh, goodness.

-Steven has (at the age of 3 1/2!!!) learned to ride his bike without training wheels. Steve took them off a few weeks ago and started working with him. He's really good at it, now. It's so funny. He looks so little that when he's speed-racing around on his bike, it looks unnatural. He's always been that way. He walked at 9 months but he was so skinny and little, that it just looked unnatural for such a little baby to walk. And now, he's this little toddler riding around on a bicycle with no training wheels.

- I have to get my ever-growing body into bed. I know I haven't been in my third trimester for long but I blame it for my sudden, sometimes over-whelming exhaustion.

April 13, 2009

Easter 2009

We had a wonderful Easter celebration here in rainy, freezing Little Rock. Saturday night, we decorated Easter eggs. The kids loved it!

Gabby now has several egg-dye stains on her 'jammies


They really enjoyed putting the stickers on them
Steven was very proud of his eggs


I made the mistake of handing a finished egg to Gabby to hold up for a picture. She put her thumb through it.


The finished project. It tried to get them both looking....it just doesn't happen.


Easter morning with their "Easter bags" (I didn't bring their baskets with us). I asked them to hold up their gifts, then look at Mommy and smile. They ignored the last two requests. Steven got 2 new Cars and Gabby got 2 Elmo (or as she says, Melmo books)

They had a fun morning!


Here they are all dressed for church. Again, I requested smiles...but...at least they were looking.


In this one Steven is saying "Cheese" but not really smiling, and Gabby just doesn't care anymore.

This was my last attempt at a picture of them....then I gave up and decided my time would be better spent getting a family shot.


This is what I got and then gave up on that, too. I just don't have the patience for this....


It's the candid shots that work out so much better. This is after our wonderful church service, the kids were playing in their room so well together...and sitting in boxes....?


Oops.

April 11, 2009

Random Asterisks

*Steve and I joined FaceBook last night. When Steve's Mom joined, we knew it was time. When our moms are on there and we're not, we must be out of the loop! So, come find us on there!

*I'm sitting here, looking at my lop-sided tummy. Baby Boy is all curled up on my right side, as always and my tummy looks pretty asymmetrical.

*Tomorrow is Easter! I LOVE Easter. Ever since I was a kid, besides Christmas it is my FAVORITE holiday. I love how everything feels so springy and fresh, and we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord that makes our lives so new and fresh! I just LOVE Easter. I didn't bring the kids' Easter baskets with us to LR, so their "baskets" are gift-bags stuffed with Easter grass but I know they won't care - they're still pretty cute!

*Monday, is the first day of my 3rd trimester. I will be 28 weeks (although one of my books said it started at 27 weeks, but I don't think that's the general consensus. I'm pretty sure it's 28 weeks). I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I can't believe how fast this one is going! I seriously cannot believe I'm about to start the 3rd trimester - the final stretch. The LONGEST part of the pregnancy! I have always hated the 3rd trimester the most. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth for pregnancy in general. The discomfort, the constant pee-peeing, the hunger followed by 3 bites of food that leaves you so full you feel like you could throw up, the hugeness, the exhaustion....oh man. I am not looking forward to the next 12 weeks. Although, I should submit to my husband and "have a positive attitude about it" (he tells me that about everything - I'm the pessimist of our relationship). And honestly, as well and as fast as things are going, I'm sure the 3rd trimester will go well. I'm starting to get a little uncomfortable and I can't eat a normal amount at meal-time anymore, but otherwise things are good!

*My nurse called after my appointment on Monday to say that my hemoglobin was a little low and I need to try to get more iron-rich foods in my diet. It wasn't low enough to need a supplement but I've been trying to eat more red meat, eggs and green leafy veggies. That, and trying to remember to actually TAKE my prenatal vitamins each day (I've been a little forgetful about those this time - sorry Baby Boy).

*I'm about to head out for a walk. I need to run a few errands, to include taking Gabby to get some new pants. She has suddenly outgrown all of her pants so we will be heading to the BX this morning. I really should go to the gym but I just don't see it happening. I've been so tired this week. I've only been to the gym once, and I usually go 4 days a week. I haven't worked out at home at all. I've just been so lazy! I need to get back in my routine and not slow down for the last part of this pregnancy - I want to finish strong!

*Steve is out on a bicycle-ride with a friend of his this morning. It's the 15-mile ride we did together a few weeks ago. He has a nasty cough and was up most of the night hacking and coughing. I hope he's feeling better on his bike ride!

* We went to the mall the other night. We hadn't been since we've been here and it's bigger than the one we went to in Universal City. We had pretzels (yumm) and then Steve was acting crazy and took me into Zales to pick out an "upgrade diamond" for my engagement ring. We were so poor when we got married, we bought the cheapest rings we could find and apparently, now he wants to upgrade me and that is just fine with me! Although, I do not want a new ring; I just want to replace the stone. I couldn't give up the ring he put on my finger so many years ago. We learned a lot about diamonds at the store, about cut and clarity and color and all that. It was really interesting. I don't know if he actually plans to buy me the one I picked out or if he was just teasing me, but it was still fun to look at all the pretty rocks!

*As I sit here, my butt is falling asleep. I guess I need to get up. This happens a lot lately. I can't sit for too long anymore. Pregnancy does the weirdest things, I swear.

April 9, 2009

Video, Video and More Video...and then one more after that!

Fortunately for the grandparents of my children, who enjoy reading this blog and seeing their grandkids, we have working video!!! Unfortunately for the rest of you, I'm going to share them all! Of course, I think they are adorable. Steve laughs so hard at Gabby spanking her baby that he cries, especially when he plays it in slow motion....oh man. Steven's race car song is a normal part of life for us, although the lyrics are slightly different every time. Steven throwing Gabby over the wall at the play-place in our building is just the kind of brother-sister play that they share on a daily basis. And I love when Steven helps with the laundry. When he can't reach, well...we let him do what he needs to do to get the job done. So here they are!



Gabby Disciplining her Babies





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Steven's Race Car Song




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*Note: The "Meaty Monster Truck" he sings about confused me for a while. He watches a cartoon occasionally about monster trucks and it turns out the main character is named Meteor. So, that's what he's singing about when he mentions the "meaty monster truck."



Steven and Gabby at Play Place




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Steven Helping with the Laundry



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April 5, 2009

A Weekend of Hiking

We did quite a bit of hiking this weekend. Steve put it best when he told his brother on the phone the other day that he will probably make fun of the state of Arkansas for the rest of his life BUT it is a BEAUTIFUL state. We can't argue the absolute beauty of this part of the country and we have decided to take advantage of it as much as possible. This weekend provided some beautiful weather to do just that, so we donned child-carriers and hit the trails. Friday afternoon, we went to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, where we hiked up (and back down) Pinnacle Mountain. The peak is approximately 1100 feet and the trail was about 1.5 miles. It was steep, to stay the least. It was the hardest mile and a half we've ever hiked (being six months pregnant with a 25-pound toddler on my back didn't help, either).

A shot of Pinnacle Mountain from the parking lot.Align Center

Gabby and I on our way up.

A beautiful view from the top.


The view from the top - this was our "path" down the mountain. The way up was agonizing on our legs, the way down wasn't as strenuous but hard to balance. I prayed at the top that we wouldn't fall. I was kind of nervous. I only slipped once but the bottom of the child-carrier caught me from falling and hurting myself or Gabby.

There was a park at the bottom and I was so excited to see a see-saw! You NEVER see these anymore. My kids had never experienced the fun of the see-saw and they LOVED it.

Gabby also loves to swing. She's so brave. Steven won't even swing this high. If there are no toddler swings at a park, it's fine because she seems to prefer the big-kid swings. They go higher! She holds on so tight. A few weeks ago, she fell asleep on one, but never let go. This kid could swing all day. After a while, I get bored with pushing her (plus, I was tired and just wanted to sit on the bench after our hike), so I took her down...

...So this is what she does if I won't push her. This is Steve's new favorite picture of her. He just loved that if no one will push her, that's fine - she'll swing herself. She was just happy as could be over here by herself trying to swing. What a sweet girl.

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Saturday morning, we got up and drove about 80 miles away to Petite Jean State Park. It was by far, the most beautiful state park either of us has ever seen. It was breathtaking. We will be going back to camp there the next chance we get. Here are some pictures. They really don't do it justice.








Steven found his "walking stick" and hiked about 2 miles on his own. We were so proud of him. It was really nice for me, because Steve took Gabby and I got to carry the empty child carrier - it was a much needed break!




Sweet, tired kids on the way home

We got home, cleaned up, put clean clothes on to go to a friend's house for a BBQ. Here are the kids, all cleaned up after a day of hiking. They had the tops to their toy bins and Steven said they were robots. Too cute!
Okay, sorry for the picture overload! But now you're caught up!

April 1, 2009

Not Much...

There just isn't much going on right now. I don't have much to say. Most days, Steve goes to work, the kids and I have breakfast, we go to the gym for about an hour, come home and have lunch with Steve, he either stays home and studies or goes back to work and we run errands or hang out at home, I make dinner, clean up, put the kids to bed, relax with my hubby and go to bed. That's life right now and I love it. It is so relaxing.
Steve is working on the video issues - hopefully he'll get it figured out soon and the one in the previous post will work and I can post some more. I have such a funny one of Gabby putting her babies in the corner and a hilarious one of Steven singing his "Race Car Song." My boy's quite the composer. Anyway, hopefully I can post them soon :-) Apparently, they are being uploaded and saved in the wrong format and we can't figure out what format they need to be in...or something.
Until then, here are some cute pictures of the kids from the last few days, and I finally put up my 24 week picture. I am 26 weeks now, so I will put up another one in 2 weeks.



I can't believe how big Steven looked with the helmet and bat.


His timing is no good, but he's got quite a swing - Steve is hopeful :-)


Gabby really liked the helmets


My two little T-ballers


We got them a bag of M&Ms, put them on a plate and let them go to town.

Gabby can make a bigger mess with a few M&Ms than any kid I've ever seen - that is green drool.


This was late last night - I was asleep and Steve went in to check on them. We heard Gabby up, singing and talking for HOURS after we put them down, we just let her since she was happy and not getting up - apparently, she WAS up and crashed out on the floor, finally.


And this was tonight. I took Gabby's pig-tails out and she had a pretty good Hugh-Jackman-as-Wolverine look going on:



Right?
Okay, so now you're all caught up!