Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Oh Hey, By The Way..

I'm pregnant! In fact, I'm 15 weeks along and due mid-October. I've been a pretty crappy blogger lately and I'm totally blaming it on the status of my womb.
My first trimester was filled with fun.
-Morning sickness. Nauseous all day, throwing up every morning.. and don't even get me started on the week I had morning sickness AND the stomach flu..
-Fatigue. So sleepy. If only Mason wanted to nap 3 times a day again, that'd be nice.
-Moodiness. My poor husband.
-Sore nipples. Definitely makes breastfeeding feel a little more hardcore.
At our 12 week appointment, we heard the heartbeat right away. That was refreshing. When I was pregnant with Mason it took our OB at least 3 minutes (an eternity) to find it.
This time around, I am seeing a handful of midwives instead of an OB. We drive a good 45 minutes to my appointments, all to ensure the possibility of a successful VBAC.
My belly started expanding quite early, as do most with their second baby. I started to show around week 10, before we announced our new baby on the way. Good thing I live in t-shirts.
We announced to our families all in the same weekend, in person, around week 11. My mom said she already knew, my sister was upset we hadn't told her yet, and my mother-in-law said something like, "Oh.. are you?" and not in an enthusiastic way. But Tyler's dad and Barb showed their excitement, thank you for that.
As I've headed into the second trimester, my symptoms have let up a little, but are still far from gone. In the past week I've started to feel the baby move, which is of course awesome. I am definitely looking forward to being morning sickness-free!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter Pictures




Mason's Easter basket goods included sunglasses, sandals, a little tomato I made, bath crayons, socks, fruit leather, and some other snacks. We put honey graham cracker bunnies in his eggs. As you can see, they were hidden very well.








That fruit leather was a big hit. It disappeared in record time.


Easter morning came early, we had to wake Mason up so we could get to church for 6:30 service. I think it is the only time in his life we've woke him up in the morning.


The Double G's stuffed their eggs with cheese crackers and freeze dried mangoes. He loved those.


Mason came to me with each egg he found to help him open it. His reaction was exactly the same for each egg, a smile and a happy "ahh" sort of sound. He's one funny guy.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Giraffes, Snakes, and Rabbits

This past weekend we spent a lot of time outside. It was pretty hot, both days in the 90s, but we survived. Saturday we purchased a membership to the zoo and took our first trip of the year there. I was excited to see what Mason's reactions to the exhibits would be since we haven't been there since he was 7 months old. His attention span wasn't quite as long as I thought it would be when it came to checking out the animals, he mostly wanted to run through the exhibits and touch other kids. At least he enjoyed himself I guess!
He was really awed by the giraffes. He has a stuffed one at home and has learned how to say "giraffe", so seeing a big one that actually moved around was pretty cool.

Popcorn, perhaps the best way to keep a toddler in a stroller?
Last time we were at the zoo.

Sunday we stayed home and decided to begin to tackle this mess:

This involved snake wrangling. I would guess there were over 50 snakes living in this pile. Harmless Garter snakes, don't worry. Tyler caught about ten of them with a pair of scissor tongs and kept them in a big trash can until we decided what to do with them. Let's just say, it wasn't a happy ending for the snakes.



The snakes would disappear for a while and then pop their heads out to spy on us. It was kind of a Where's Waldo? scenario at times.

The hardest part of the day was keeping Mason entertained while we did this. He prefers to play in our neighbor's yard across the street and unless he's occupied, he'll bolt over there. So we set up some water play for him and it kept him entertained.. for a while.


He did not enjoy this sprinkler he got for Christmas. Sorry, Aunt Lindsay.. maybe later this summer.

Unfortunately, when we got towards the bottom of the pile we found a nest of baby rabbits. Their mom hasn't moved them yet, but they are still alive. I am just hoping she keeps coming back!



We still have A LOT of work to do in our yard, but at least we've started now!