The Week of Christmas

The weekend before Christmas we had a get together with family for Carter’s birthday. He had a lot of fun and opened a ton of toys. It was like pre-Christmas with all the cars he got!

The next day (12/18/11) we upgraded Carter to a toddler bed and moved Amelia into his crib. Of course in typical Carter fashion he managed to bang his head on the dis-assembled crib. He’s a hard-head.

Real estate inside Tom and I’s bedroom is now at a premium.

Monday, Carter had his two year check up. Our doctor removed the staples from his forehead from the incident a week prior. He is healthy as a horse and didn’t receive any shots. He weighs 27 pounds and is 34.5 inches tall.

Later that day, I met with the OB for my six week check up. Everything is fine but the doctor did tell me that there is a one in a thousand chance of becoming pregnant again since I had a tubal. I don’t really like those numbers and suggested to Tom that he get a vasectomy…he thinks not.

Tom went to the doctors Tuesday and was informed he had high blood pressure and after some lab work he also found out that he has super-out of control diabetes. He also discovered that he has lost 70 POUNDS!!!!…unfortunately this was due to the diabetes.

Wednesday, Tom and Hannah constructed a gingerbread house and later on I helped her decorate it. Carter was the taste tester of all the candy pieces that fell on the table during assembly. I’m convinced gingerbread houses were created to torture parents.

Hannah enjoyed her last day of school before Christmas break:

We celebrated Christmas Eve at church while Tom was working, this was my first time taking all three kids to church at one time.

Christmas was pretty laid back, opened presents, Tom’s family came for a visit, Tom went to work and the kids and I headed to my brother’s for supper.

2nd week of December

Monday, Amelia had her one month check-up. She is doing really good with her head control and has started smiling. No issues or concerns which is always a good thing! She weighed in at 8 pounds 11 ounces and 21 inches long. We also had family pictures done and that was a debacle but at least I have my Christmas cards ordered.

Tuesday, Hannah brought home a glitter paper bell ornament for the tree and a construction paper christmas tree from school. She is still practicing for her school program and made Tom and I a present that she was able to gift wrap.

We’ve decided to stop giving Carter juice in order to help his behavior. In hopes the lack of sugary juices would prevent a sugar high. His new favorite thing when receiving discipline is to laugh at you afterwards. It’s been super fun at our house lately as you can imagine.

Tuesday afternoon we took the kids to see Santa. They all did very well sitting still for the picture, praise God!!!

Now we’re just finishing up shopping and all those little things you try to get done before Christmas catches up to you!


1st Week of December

This should be a post about the week of H but Hannah’s school has taken the month of December off of show and tell and the alphabets to focus on Christmas.

Han has begun to learn songs for her school Christmas program. It’s super cute how she wanders around the house singing her Christmas songs for us. She has also been crafting it up with Christmas themed projects.

Tom and I took the kids on a train ride with Santa. They had a lot of fun and the view from the train was beautiful!

Carter has learned to crawl in and out of his crib this week and will be getting a toddler bed very soon. Tom and I decided that if he can crawl out of his crib that he no longer needs a pacifier so he lost his precious “suckies” this week too! He’s been doing pretty good without them and will only occasionally steal Amelia’s.

Happy Halloween!

Something Old, Something Blue

The other day I was checking the blogs I enjoy reading when I came across a post by my BF. To summarize she was discussing the tradition of women getting a gift from their husband when they have a baby. This got me to thinking…

Tom will usually get me a present as finances allow so it isn’t usually the same time the baby is born ’cause babies are expensive. I’m a big jewelry person, I’ve loved jewelry since I was a little kid. I can still remember going through my mother’s jewelry box, the carpet fibers pressing on my legs,  looking at all of her rings and necklaces. Now I have my own collection and I imagine one day I’ll find Hannie looking through my jewelry box too ;)

I’ve really lucked out in the children’s birthstone department. Hannah is aquamarine and Tom bought me a very beautiful pear shaped aquamarine ring with white diamonds around it. Next is Carter and Tom again bought me another beautiful ring this one is a cushion-cut blue topaz for Carter’s birth stone with black and white diamonds around the topaz. Both rings are very beautiful and both rings are a shade of blue. This gave me the idea that one day when/if my kids get married I will give them these rings on their wedding day as their “something old and something blue.” Carter of course could give his ring to his future bride.

It then dawned on me that I never researched what the birthstone is for November, which is when Amelia will be born. Can I tell you folks, it’s Citrine. For those of you not familiar with that stone it’s like a yellow-orange color. Gross.  I immediately went online and did manage to find a beautiful ring, that is of course sold out. (Story of my life) The more I thought about the Citrine the more I decided this warranted a call to Tom which went something like this:

H: Amelia’s birthstone is not very pretty, it’s a weird orange color. Maybe we should switch her birthday to the day prior.

T: (Slight pause) No, we are not making her birthday Halloween!

H: Well, one day, when I have lots of money and can have my mother’s ring custom-made the Citrine won’t be as pretty as an Opal would be…

T: That’s selfish Heather, we are not switching her birthday to Halloween just so you can have the ring you want.

H: I did always want an October baby and Halloween could be fun…

T: No, Heather.

So, I didn’t quite get my way but I thought my argument seemed reasonable at the time ;) Truth be told I did always want an October baby but our option was Halloween so we vetoed that before I made the surgery appointment for 11/1. The thought of Citrine made me quickly change my mind that Halloween really isn’t all that bad but Tom declared it otherwise. I guess one day when I’m old and gray I’ll have a very pretty cluster ring that contains: Aquamarine, Topaz and Citrine. And if Amelia doesn’t like Citrine I’ll let her know her Dad is to blame…blahahaha!

Head Spin

I set forth to the Hallmark to purchase cards for Mother’s Day and my niece’s communion. Once I stepped foot in Hallmark my pregnancy brain kicked in:

  • Start off with my Grandma. Check! Oh wait I need to get a card from my kids to her…3 minutes later I find the perfect card. Grannie’s done!
  • On to the “Mom” section. Found the perfect card for both Moms and done. Oh crap, they need cards from the kids too. Back to the “Grandma” section. Why do all of  these cards say “Grandma” or “Nana” who calls their Grandma “Nana”? Four minutes later found Grandma cards for both Moms.
  • Crap don’t forget communion card…Oh geeze why do some say “First Holy Communion” and some say “Communion,” I think it’s first holy communion…should I phone a friend? No it’s definitely the first. Five minutes later the perfect  card is chosen.

It took me 30 minutes to buy seven cards. Thank God we don’t have any Step-Moms in the family, I would have had a melt down.

The End

As much as I love the holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas), I am so thankful they are over. They are not very friendly to my waistline ;) I did a ton of laundry last night, I went to put my jeans on this morning for work and they were tight. Not just the fresh-from-the-dryer-tight but the, you’ve-gained-10-pounds-from-the-holiday-eating-kind-of- tight. Nice.

That’s was the reminder I needed to love my meal plan, stick to it and bust my butt at the gym today. I will not be regressing, staying stagnant in weight loss is bad enough but going backwards is not an option.

My friend told me something the other night that are truly words to live by. “It’s not what you do from Thanksgiving to New Year’s,  it’s what you do from New Year’s to Thanksgiving.” I couldn’t agree more!  

As the year draws to an end I would like to wish  everyone a terrific and healthy New Year! Here’s to losing more weight!

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