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OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH.  So so so so much going on here.  Sooo…

  1. We (Jack and I) are leaving on Friday for Michigan.  Woo Hoo!!  I cannot wait to get away from this stinking heat.  Right now my outdoor thermometer is reading at 106.  No joke.  Of course that’s in the sun and probably not 100% accurate… so maybe it’s more like 101.  Gawd, it’s disgusting.
  2. Still prego.  Baby is a bouncing these days and I’ve started looking like I’ve got an alien in there at certain times of the day – somebody is stretching out in there and making himself at home.  My sciatica has eased up (in case I didn’t tell you, it was making me crazy there for a while) and I’m getting used to the contractions… which are typical Braxton Hicks.
  3. So, in other pregnancy news, I passed my glucose test (woo hoo) and am finally where I should be with my thyroid.  Which is a relief.  The thought of going into vacation on a gestational diabetes diet makes me want to cry.
  4. Oh yeah, did I tell you that we’re under contract?!  And we’ve found a house.  After a crazy couple of days last week, we have definitely found a house.  It needs some work, but it has sooo much potential.  Anyway, OH MAH LORD.  Talk about stress.  So, we get home on the 10th of August.  We close on our house on the 15th.  Then we close on the new house on the 18th (hopefully – keep your fingers crossed that this all goes accordingly).  AGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!  So.  This week is crazy, lining up movers and getting quotes on cabinets and paint and lining up the cleaning ladies, because I’m sorry, I’m just too damn pregnant to clean to the level of cleanliness that I will require to move in to the joint.  Anywho.  Yeah, it’s been crazy around here.  But wish us luck that everything goes smoothly.
  5. In other news, Jack has gone from taking three hour naps to occasionally not napping at all.  Ouch.  All I have to say is that I refuse to give up on “quiet time.”
  6. The other day I was putting sunblock on Jack so we could go out back and play in the sandbox.  He was all excited about going outside and to keep him still I let him hold the bottle of sunblock, which just about made his day for whatever reason, and he says to me, “Thank you mommy, I’m so proud of you.”

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This past weekend I co-hosted a shower for our good friends Tom & Meredith, who are expecting their first baby in September.  Tom and E went to NC State together and were in the same fraternity, so they’ve known each other for years.  We have had so much fun with them since we’ve moved to the area (and very close to them) and Meredith has really gone out of her way to introduce me to people.  I started subbing for her bunko group last summer and am pretty much a regular at this point.  After meeting the girls from the bunko group, I started a playgroup (with a few of the girls that have kids Jack’s age) that meets weekly and we are all pregnant (well, Susan had Summer in June) with our second babies.

Anyway, the shower was a lot of fun and there was quite a turn-out – about 45-50 people.  It was definitely an eye opening experience, having never thrown a shower before.  I had no idea what to expect.  But luckily the girls that helped me out were fantastic and everything went so smoothly and was so much fun.  It really helped me to appreciate (that much more) the showers my sister-in-law has thrown for me in the past, just knowing what goes into putting it together.

I was just glad to be part of the putting something together for both Tom & Meredith, not only to thank them for being such great friends, but to help welcome their little Thomas, who we are just so excited is on his way!  Here’s a few of my favorite pictures from the shower – I’ve also put a link in the sidebar under my albums if you want to see the rest.

In case you're wondering, we did a Wolfpack theme... hence the tiny wolfies and red, black and white M&Ms in the baby bottles.

The cake turned out absolutely amazing... the cake flavor (mom & dad's choice) was strawberry.  Let me tell you that was some seriously yummy cake.  I'm still drooling just thinking about it.

The cake turned out absolutely amazing... the cake flavor (mom & dad's choice) was strawberry. Let me tell you that was some seriously yummy cake. I'm still drooling just thinking about it.

My sister-in-law did this at my baby shower and I totally had to steal the idea. Everyone went on and on about what a cute idea it was. Thanks Toni!!

My sister-in-law did this at my baby shower and I totally had to steal the idea. Everyone went on and on about what a cute idea it was. Thanks Toni!!

Diaper cake!  Can you believe that I made this?!  You can sort of see the invitation propped up front... the real cake (and the diaper cake too I suppose) coordinated with the invite.

Diaper cake! Can you believe that I made this?! You can sort of see the invitation propped up front... the real cake (and the diaper cake too I suppose) coordinated with the invite.

Next to me is Meredith (mom to be), followed by Katy and Allison, who co-hosted along with me.

Next to me is Meredith (mom to be), followed by Katy and Allison, who co-hosted along with me.

Here are the rest… if you’re interested.

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I hope everyone had a good fourth of July weekend.  Ours didn’t quite turned out as planned, but we really didn’t have much planned, so how can I complain.  After a very long day on Wednesday of fun at the playground, followed by two very long showings (that pretty much kicked us out of the house from 12:30-4), lots of errand running and sweating, and cranky cranking from my napless toddler, we received news that there was some interest in the house.  Which resulted in nothing but an offer to someone else and a trip to the hospital for E & myself as a result of dehydration and stress induced contractions.

Yeah, Wednesday was totally crazy and way more than I could handle.  It was about 97 and both Jack and I were totally exhausted.  I had some contractions that night and the next day, so I called (after hours, of course) and they told me to head in to the hospital so they could assess the situation.  And of course, I did not have one single contraction the entire time I was there.  They weren’t concerned at all considering they weren’t painful, and went away when I laid down.  So, after all of that, I was pretty paranoid for the rest of the weekend, only getting out to the pool (where I sat in a chair and watched Jack and E play) and to refuel on pizza and ice cream.  I spent the rest of the weekend on the couch.  Not too exciting, but I suppose I probably needed it.

Here’s a few pool pictures and a belly shot for fun!

Crazy man
Crazy man
Fun with Daddy

Fun with Daddy

24 weeks

24 weeks

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Besides grouchy.  Ok, so really I’m not grouchy at all.  Actually I just came out of a mega-funk, which I am thanking the heavens has passed because I was over it before it started.  Anyway, I’m feeling listy.

  1. So first and foremost, the funk.  It’s over.  I won’t really go into it… ok, so maybe I will, but I’ll make it short because I’m sure you’re tired of hearing me complain.  I had a total melt down this weekend.  E had to work on Sunday and Jack was just a gigantic handful (but strangely enough, only for me… he was an angel, to the point of ridiculousness around the in-laws and E), I was totally exhausted (still struggling with the thyroid issue), and the showings (for the house) are seriously REALLY getting to me.  One can only take so much.  And well, I met my breaking point.  I called my mom and I’m not sure she could have said anything better than what she said about her situation when my brother was Jack’s age and she was pregnant with me.  She told me (and I hope you don’t mind that I’m sharing, Mom) that she sometimes thought that he was possessed by the devil and he was out to get her.  And honestly.  That is exactly how I would describe how Jack was being last weekend. 
  2. So, E and I talked for quite a while about the whole subject – me losing it, Jack being crazy, the house on the market blah blah blah.  We discussed how I can deal with certain situations that always lead to frustration- me getting ready, getting Jack ready and getting the house ready for me to go anywhere.  The second big thing is wearing Jack out and keeping him busy.  When he’s bored, he’s bad.  So I’ve been working on it.  Just being able to step back and go, “ok, the kid’s bored or needs some attention,” helps me to deal with the situation a lot better.
  3. Now, on to more exciting news!  We found a stroller.  E’s parents babysat for a few hours on Saturday so that E & I could go to a local store that carries all kinds of strollers including doubles and joggers.  Talk about a great experience.  The store owner was the nicest guy and pretty much knew everything about every stroller he had in the store.  He gave us all the pros and cons of each that we were interested in, showed us how to work each one and really helped to lead us in the right direction without pushing us into something we didn’t want to buy.  So, here’s what we decided on.
  4. Thanks for all of the great name ideas… and strangely enough a few of them were already on our list.  Here’s our current potential names:  Abram, Jude, Morgan, Luke, Charlie, and Bennett (Carter, Henry, Peyton, Colin and Griffin were on the list but have pretty much been decided against for one reason or another).  I had been sort of thinking about using our girl name (Reese) this time, considering we most likely won’t have another baby (but you never know) and something tells me that if we do have another, it’ll be another boy.  So, I’m just not sold on any of them, and I’m wishing that we wouldn’t have used Theodore for one of Jack’s middle names, because Jack and Teddy would be perfect together.
  5. Totally unrelated here… I was falling asleep last night thinking worrying about dealing with two kids and how it’ll go etc.  Then I started to think about my first real job in Atlanta, working as a Geologist for an environmental consulting firm.  We did a lot of Phase I’s and a little bit of low level remediation…  anyway, I was remembering a particular job, sometime in the summer (so it was hot and I had to wear pants and boots) and it was an abandoned gas station, in a particularly bad area (and of course I was working alone) where people would set up stands with random goods (most of which looked stolen) and sold them.  Anyway, I had to bail free product (which is pretty much gasoline floating on the top of the ground water) out of wells using bailers.  Which was a very messy, smelly, dirty, awful process.  Some days were painfully long and painfully hot, my arms and shoulders would ache from pulling the full bailers out of the well over and over again, and I would be nauseous and my head would kill from the fumes.  And I’d end the day with an hour to two hours of traffic, all dirty and sweaty and sunburned from the day.  It was terrible.  And the money.  Ridiculous.  And somehow I’m complaining about sitting in my beautiful, air conditioned house, with my kid.  Geez.

 

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