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Pool Time

We received some really great gifts for baby shower gifts from our friends, family and co-workers.  It's funny the things that we still haven't used or that we were really excited about that haven't really got the use that we thought they would when we received them or when we had registered for them.
One set of gifts that falls into this category, stems from this picture above.  We received this gift set from S.'s co-workers.  It was the pool shown above, 2 swim suit sets, a sun hat, and a floating pool raft.  We used the floating pool raft at 3 months, when Coen got his first pool experience on one of our wedding vacation weekends. But these other items were not used until this weekend.
We blew up the pool and filled it up (only a couple of inches of water) at about 10am, so that it had plenty of time to warm up and soak up the sun to make it bearable to get in for Coen.  The water coming out of the hose was ice cold at 10am and by about 2pm it was still only a litt…

My $324.45 mistake...

I've talked about how we are working to get the nursery under control and ready for it to become a nursery and not a used-to-be-our-guest-room-and-now-it-just-looks-like-a-pile-of-crap room.  In order to make this happen, I needed to start cleaning out the closet.  I started to bring clothes down and was hanging them in the basement ceiling on a bar that my husband had put up for me.  Of course, it was far too tall for me to reach and because I was 6 months pregnant at the time and felt like I could just stand on a chair to get everything up there, I did.

This wasn't any chair, either.  This was one chair of 4 chairs that we have left from a table set that S. had in his first apartment.  Where did the other chairs go?  Well, they have all been broken or have broken for one reason or another.  One time the base of the chair fell right out from under someone while just sitting it the chair.  So, why did I pick this chair to stand on? Because I thought it was no big deal. I'd…

26 weeks | Baby bump

How far along: 26 weeks. (From the Bump) At week 26, baby may be interfering with your sleep, messing with your brain (forget much?), and even be giving you a stress headache or two. It’s normal to be experiencing some mild swelling, but around this week, it’s important to watch out for swelling severe or sudden -- it could be the sign of a dangerous condition called preeclampsia.

How big is baby: The size of a head of lettuce.
Weight gain/loss: I'm up 18 lbs, total.
Maternity clothes: I'm not really in the mood to talk about clothes.  We haven't a good run this week and they are all just starting to piss me off.  This is a good sign as to how the rest of this pregnancy is going to go, but it is what it is... Gah.
I went shopping for dresses this week for a wedding.  This is what I picked out.  I ended up with the black on and the pink/orange one.  They are just fine, but better than what I had.  And the one has a multi-use since it's actually a nursing dressing.  Yeah!



Lately, I've been thinking about the fact that in just a few days, we are going to have a date on the calendar for the arrival of our little girl.  It's a really weird feeling for me because it's like the expiration date.  "On this day, ___________,  your baby will arrive."  I get nervous about it because while Coen was content as can be in the womb until 40 weeks and 6 days, this little girl will not have the same amount of time to bake and we'll be booting her out (maybe) before she's ready. I realize that she might have another plan and could arrive earlier, but I can't believe this, because of the way labor went last time.  It's just weird.  I'd love to be able to experience labor again, but at the same time, I don't know that I would REALLY want to do that all over again.  (Side Note: My neighbor went into labor with her second and was almost 9 centimeters dilated and they still did her c-section as planned.  Crazy. I'm not as wor…

Mother's Day

This year marked my first official Mother's day.

It started off great.  I grabbed Coen around the normal waking time, brought him down to our bed, nursed him and we all went back asleep for a little bit.  Once we all work back up, I was given a card with a very nice gift card to get a pedicure & manicure.  It was the only thing I had asked for since I'm trying very hard to grow my nails out and just thought it would be a good opportunity to get them both done.  I was very excited.

We carried on the rest of the morning, with a visit from my in-laws for breakfast around 9:30am and then we just hung at home until I had to leave around 11:30am for a bridal shower for one of my best girlfriends from growing up years...

Then, it happened.

I just checked my phone to see if I had missed something and my lock screen was FULL of missed messages and missed phone calls and missed voice mail messages. 

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Before I go on, I must say one thing.  Accidents…

almost 1

Oh my word, he's almost 1 year old.

Just 2.5 more weeks!

25 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 25 weeks.  (From the Bump) You’re 25 weeks pregnant and it’s probably dawned on you that soon you’ll actually have to deliver this baby. (A little scary, but exciting!) What’s cool is that most hospitals will let you preregister, which means you can put in your paperwork early, so the day you go into labor, you don’t have to stand around filling out a bunch of forms before you get admitted. Maybe you’re getting nervous about delivery, or maybe it’s your haywire hormones, but you might start to have trouble sleeping around week 25. This is a common complaint of many moms-to-be. Some people will tell you that’s just your body’s way of prepping you for sleepless nights with baby, but those comments won’t help you get the rest you need! Experiment with different strategies for getting some sleep. One idea is to drink extra water early in the day, so you can start tapering off your intake as you get closer to bedtime. That way, you might need less bathroom breaks during the …


"Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.There will be no more sunrises, no minutes hours or days. All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else. Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed. Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear. So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire. The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you came from, or what side of the tracks you lived. It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant. Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant. So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured? What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built.What will matter is not your success, but your significance.What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught. What will matter is every act…

24 Weeks| Baby Bump

I'm 23 weeks and 5 days in this picture, but you get the idea... I'm pretty sure I've popped!

How far along: 24 weeks. (From the Bump)  At week 24, baby’s progress isn’t just about internal stuff, it’s about her looks too. With pinker, more opaque skin, she’s looking more and more, well, like a baby. You might be experiencing some of the discomforts of the later months of pregnancy like leg cramps, backaches and swollen feet.
How big is baby: The size of a cantaloupe.
Weight gain/loss: I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks.  Maybe this is a good thing or maybe not.  Either way, I decided to just go ahead and weigh myself today and luckily, it wasn't bad.  I'm up 16 pounds from my start weight.  That means I've gained an average of 1.5 pounds a week.

I was going to follow up and say, this time last pregnancy, I was.... but apparently, I wasn't this detailed last time and that bums me out.  Here's what I wrote with Sprout at 24 weeks.
Maternity clothes…

Coen, 11 months


I absolutely cannot believe that I'm 1 month away from writing your "1st Birthday" post!  In just a month, you're going to be 1 year old.  12 months old. Can you believe it?  Because I cannot.  It's just flown by so fast, but you've made every minute a complete joy.

You're getting so much more adventurous and while that does lead to a lot of disciplining around the house,  you're having a blast just cruising around and getting into just about anything and everything that you'd want to... at any given point.  The current trouble spots are:
the house plant that sits too close to the groundthe curtains in the living roomthe blinds (when they are not pulled up), because you love to look out the windowthe carbon monoxide detector that is plugged into the wall (you always want to touch it)pulling all doors or cabinets open and shut and almost missing your fingers, just about every timeand just racing off to another room without any sort of announce…

the last amount

Today is sad because today, Coen receives the last portion of breast milk at the sitter that I had pumped and kept frozen for him.

Yesterday was even worse, when I realized that I was sending off the last portion of breast milk that I had in the house, to the sitter.  It really hit me hard and I had a hard time coming to grips with it...

So, after today, he'll mainly be a formula baby but then I had to remind myself that he's still nursing in the mornings.  He hasn't totally stopped this nursing session and that's perfectly fine with me, however, I imagine that sometime soon, this might be totally cut off and that makes me really sad.

I'm really going to miss my nursing relationship with Coen and already really do.  Making a formula bottle is just annoying and time consuming to what I used to be able to do to feed him.  He's very patient while I make the bottle, but it's still, just not the same.

These pregnancy hormones have made this transition, not only…