Friday, November 29, 2013

34 week comparison




34 weeks with Madison
 126.2 lbs 
Belly measures 37.5" 
total weight gain to date 19.2 lbs and 7.5" gained in my belly.

34 weeks with Riley
129.6 lbs
Belly measures 37.5" 
total weigh gain to date - 16.6lbs and 7.5" gained in my belly

 I definitely look bigger. More round. I weighed less pre-pregnancy with Madison than I did with Riley. It's so weird that my belly measures the same at the 34th week yet I look so much bigger with Riley. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!



I am thankful for my amazing marriage. He is my best friend and rock and I can always count on him to make me feel better.

Our sweet and sassy 2 year old and the laid back girl in my belly. They are already so different from each other! I can't wait to meet Riley and see how they interact with each other.

Our family, friends, and pets.

Alan's job and the ability for me to stay at home.

Madison's school and that she loves it so much.

Our home and church.

The memories we have made and future memories to be made. The traditions we already have and will start in the future.

We are beyond blessed with all of the things in our life.

Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll!




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

34 weeks pregnant with Riley


Date: November 27, 2013


How far along -  34 weeks

Growing Baby- She's recognizing and reacting to simple songs. She's also urinating about a pint a day.

How big is your baby? 
Symptoms- bad heart burn, very emotional and moody, back hurting, getting comfortable at night very hard.

Weight- 129.6 lbs

Total weight gain/loss: +16.6lbs

Belly measures- 37.5" at belly button

Cravingsweets, soda

Bought- nothing

Done- Alan lowered her closet shelf so all of her closet is now organized. Blog to come.

To Do: Still some things to buy but nothing that we need right away. Pack mine and Riley's hospital bags. Put car seat in car. Pick out her middle name.

Looking forward to
- Thanksgiving. Our Christmas tree mountain trip. 34 week appointment next week.

Other thoughts- So glad my back is feeling better. I was pretty miserable. It's not 100% but is about 60%. It still hurts getting up from sitting down and sitting down and sometimes laying in bed.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

This or That- Thanksgiving

This or That Link Up

Stuffing, or mashed potatoes 
Stuffing, or dressing, as us Southerners call it. Yum!

Homemade cranberry sauce, or store bought cranberry sauce 

I have never had home made sauce to my knowledge. Only the canned cylinder type, so that wins by default.

Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie? Pecan pie! The sweeter the better!


Cooking all day or Cleaning up all night
I hate both but I am better at loading the dishwasher than I am cooking. 

Thanksgiving Day Parade or Football game 

Parade by far!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Riley's baby shower

I'm so grateful to have friends and family that were willing to throw and attend a baby shower for Riley this past weekend. My best friend, her mom, my mom and Alan's mom got together to put this shower together. I got some great gifts and fun family time! Riley is so lucky!


My bestie

My mom

My sister

My Mother in Law

My 3rd mom

Yummy

Cupcakes
(Riley is spelled out on the bottom ones)








Favors



We played some fun games


Alan brought Madison over to see everyone at the end of the shower.. 

She had to have a cupcake 

..then we had a dance party in the driveway


Thanks again for everyone that helped or came!
 Love you all!


Friday, November 22, 2013

5 on Friday


Five on Friday is just random thoughts. I'm linking up with the blogs above today. What 5 things are on your mind?

One
-Madison is still going great with her potty training. We have some hiccups here and there and she's not wanting to poop in the potty yet but that's to be expected. She has not had any accidents at school all week!

Two
-I'm looking forward to our mountain trip coming up, now more than ever. I want to disconnect for a while.

Three
-I'm so much more anxious to have Riley than I was to have Madison at this time in my pregnancy. Not that I wasn't excited to have Madison, I was, I was just so nervous to have Madison that I was scared how it was going to go. Now I know the procedure and what the pain felt like and all of that, I'm not so nervous about that. I am a bit nervous about if I go into labor at home, since I had to be induced with Madison. That makes me nervous :)


Four
-We have our maternity session with the fabulous Carrie this weekend. She has done Madison's past 2 birthday parties and some other photo sessions with Madison. It was roughly 98 degrees the morning of our maternity session with Madison. This year it will be quite chilly! We are doing it at a strawberry/pumpkin farm. I'm hoping the trees still have leaves! I'm anxious to see what she has up her sleeve! I promise to not bring impossible Pinterest ideas, Carrie! :)

Five
-I have that urge to nest. To clean the house from top to bottom. To get things organized and donated or tossed out. Then I sit down and get lazy. Argh!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This or That? - Fears

This or That Link Up


Heights or Deep Water? Probably deep water.. I've been in a plane and not afraid to look out the window. Sharks and critters are in deep water.. Yuck!

Snakes or Spiders? Snakes I guess.Though I don't love either one, I'd rather see a spider than a snake!


Losing All Your Teeth, Loosing All Your Hair? Teeth! I can easily get a wig or let my hair grow back out. After wearing a partial for 9 months, I'm ready to get rid of it!

No Voice, No Hearing? Hearing. I would be able to learn sign language but there's nothing like hearing things like your daughter say something silly or her tell you she loves you.

Eating a bug, eating intestines? a bug! Gross!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

33 weeks pregnant with Riley


Date: November 20

How far along - 33 weeks

Growing Baby- She's keeping his eyes open while awake. She's also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Her bones are hardening. She's going through (more) major brain development -- that's one smart baby!

How big is your baby? 
Symptoms- heart burn, very emotional, back hurting, getting comfortable at night very hard.

Weight- 128.2 lbs

Total weight gain/loss: +15.2 lbs

Belly measures- 37"

Cravingsweets, soda

Bought- her car seat, burp cloths, bathtub, diaper rash cream, breast feeding accessories and bottles thanks to gift cards and money from my baby shower :) 2 packs of newborn diapers, 6 packs of refill wipes, a nursing tank and a maternity shirt.

Done-hung art above changing table and daybed, put monitor, sound machine and humidifier in room, and filled up drawers in dresser/changing table.

To Do: Alan is in the process of lowering the shelf and clothes rod, which involves patching and painting also. A few more things to buy.

Looking forward to
- Maternity pics this weekend. Our mountain trip.

Other thoughts- Mentioned to the Dr that I feel Riley has dropped and she confirmed it. She said it actually doesn't mean anything unless I'm having contractions. She said every pregnancy is different and some ladies drop early and some don't drop until labor.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Potty training Madison - Days 1-7

Here's the basic breakdown of how it went. 

Day 1- she had 8-10 accidents. Finished in the potty 3 times and started and finished in the potty once. Was dry from 8pm-1am(last time I checked her)


Day 2- She woke around 7:30am and had wet the bed. Thank goodness for bed potty pads! 5 accidents and finished in the potty 3 times. Bed at 8pm and around 1am, she had wet the bed.

Day 3- She woke around 8am and was dry(after 7 hours)!!! Started and finished in the potty twice! No accidents this day!She only peed twice this day but it shows she is gaining control of her bladder. At 10pm, she had wet the bed. I knew this would happen after only peeing twice this day. She seems to have very good control over her bladder at this point.

Day 4- She woke up dry at 7:45am (9 hours dry!) and in a very good mood! She hates sitting on the potty and will cry if she knows you are taking her in there. She screams on the potty but when she pees, she immediately smiles and says "yay, good job!" Or "insert someone/pets name) proud of you" She started and finished in the potty 5 times. She's only pooped twice- both on Friday and in her undies and I know she needs to go. She woke up from her nap DRY!  I caught her pushing around 6pm and she said " go poop!" so we ran to the bathroom. She had dirtied her undies but there was a bit in the potty when she stood up. She peed again around 7:30pm. When I checked on her around 11:30pm, she was wet. 9 hours dry and 5 times in the potty with only 1 poop accident is progress to me! 

Day 5- she woke up around 4am talking and I decided to see if she was dry. She was so I took her to sit on the potty. She sat there 10-15 minutes with no luck so I put her back to bed. She cried and laid back down after a few minutes. While whining she said "change pants, pants wet" so I checked on her and sure enough.. We cleaned her and her bed up and sat her back on the potty for a few minutes. Put her back to bed where she whined a bit. She was then up at 6am. I brought her in our bed(potty pad down!) she slept until 9am. I decided I would change my strategy a bit and instead of running her like crazy, let her try to tell me she needed to go. She had a few accidents today and lots of regression but she ended up going in the potty about 5 times. We even ventured out to the grocery store for a quick trip. She was dry until I last checked on her around 11pm.

Day 6 - She woke up wet around 7am. Alan swore he heard her get up around 4am but I didn't hear anything. She started and finished in the potty 4 times and had a poop accident.

Day 7- I kept dreaming about her going to the potty. I even patted Alan on the arm and said "good job" last night and woke him up. Around 2am I woke up and decided to check on her. She was dry and woke up when I was covering her back up. I took her in there and after a few minutes of having to wake up and asking where Daddy was, she peed! She went back to bed without a problem! She woke up around 7:30am DRY! I told her the night before that if she woke up dry, we would go to Target to get a slushie and popcorn, but she would have to pee before we left. After a couple of trips to the potty and a poop accident, she finally peed around 11:30am! We ran by the Fall Bazaar at our church, got a couple of goodies and then ran to Target. I told her she needed to potty before getting her slushie so we went to the restroom and she actually peed! This is huge! She did say "go potty" about 10 times after she actually went and I ran her back twice with no luck. That's the hard part. When she says she has to go, do you take her or chance an accident and not take her?   She pees before her nap but does wake up from her nap wet but I blame that blue slushie below :) she wakes up at 10pm crying and sits up. I take her potty and she pees and has lots of gas so we try to convince her to push with no hope. Hopefully soon!

Tips: 

If you are going diaper free, have roughly 20 pair of undies handy.

Have lots of juice and high fiber snacks/foods available at all times. We don't give her a lot of drinks other than water and milk but she drinks juice more, which means she needed to potty more. 

Have help available. Your spouse, significant other, in laws, a best friend.. Someone to help you. You will need it! They need to be there to help from the time the child gets up until they go to bed. At least to help you so you can leave the house or go potty or make a phone call.

Have lots of candy/treats ready. We would give her 1 skittle or m&am for staying dry every 30 minutes or so. 

Lots of praise, encouragement and don't get frustrated.

 The Dollar Tree and toy bins at Walmart or Target have great toys for prizes for going in the potty or waking up dry. 

We gave her a piece of candy or a few marshmallows and some kind of toy for going in the potty and for waking up dry after long periods of time. For waking up dry at naps, she got lots of praise. 


We learned around Day 3 that she wasn't emptying her whole bladder because when she started peeing, we would start praising her right away. Now, if I know she's trying to pee, I look away and wait until she's done until we start praising and she pees longer. I think the excitement made her stop.

Any questions you have about our experience?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Potty Training tips


We bought a weekend training book. It did not work for us, however, so I will not promote it here. They claim to have a help desk, yet they wouldn't reply to our questions for 2 days and when they did reply, it was stuff we were already doing or a very 'canned' response. That makes potty training in a weekend a tad bit harder, dontchathink? Here's a breakdown of the basics. I will post a breakdown of day by day and more tips in a couple of days. This post will be all over the place and cover random things :) Sorry in advance!

We kept her out of school on Friday so we could start the training that morning. We made her throw away all of her diapers and her changing pad and made a big deal about it. We moved her wipes to the bathroom and made her changing table into a dresser. I put stuff on top of it that had nothing to do with changing her diapers. I made her a potty chart on foam board with 4 categories - Peed, pooped, told parents, stayed dry while asleep. She's had her potty in the bathroom for months so she was familiar with that but we talked to her about being a big girl and keeping her panties clean and dry and telling us when she needed to go. We showed her the chart and told her she would get to put a sticker on the board every time she did something on it.

We had bought her a bunch of toys from the Dollar Store along with some high fiber snacks(triscuits, prunes, berries, cereal) and lots of juices. She doesn't normally drink juice a lot but will drink the whole cup in one sitting if you give her some. She already had a ton of candy from Halloween and we would give her a skittle or M & M or another small item every 30-45 minutes for staying dry. We also decided to give her a toy the first couple of days for every time she went in the potty. After a couple of days, we switched from toys to candy. We are currently on Day 10 and she still gets a piece of candy each time she goes in the potty but not for staying dry. We will slow this down once she really gets it. 

Another great item to get is the Good Nights potty pads, found over by the pull ups or night time diapers. They have adhesive on one side and stick right on the sheet. This prevents her fitted sheet from getting wet, which is one less sheet you will be changing in the morning or middle of the night. She was hesitant to lay on it at first but I told her it was a 'new white sheet' and was for big girls.  You will also need roughly 15-20 pair of undies, extra sheets, blankets, pillowcases, extra clean pajamas and easily pulled down pants like pajama pants, leggings or elastic waisted pants.

We only put her in a shirt and panties for the first few days. We stayed at home, inside. You will want a wide open space with lots of toys and no carpet. We watched her signs like a hawk and kept reminding her to tell us if she needed to potty and kept making her check her panties to see if they were dry. If they were, she got a treat. The first couple of days, we ran her to the potty every time she showed a sign of having to go(crossing her legs, squirming, holding herself). Each day that passed, we would go longer and farther between and by the 9th day, we barely asked her at all and let her tell us she needed to potty. Before we leave to go anywhere or when we get home, we take her to potty. We didn't leave the house until Day 5 and then it was a quick 45 minute trip to the grocery store. The 10th training day was Sunday and we put her in nursery during church. She peed right before we left and I took her when we got there but she wouldn't even sit on it. After church, they said she had no accidents and wouldn't go potty but Alan took her and she peed. She does not having pooping in the potty down yet but she is holding it longer. She isn't just letting it go when she needs to go. Hopefully that's progress! It's tough knowing she has to go and won't. We are also waking her up 1-2 hours after she falls asleep at night and also in the middle of the night if we hear her moving around or if I happen to wake up myself. On the 9th night, we woke her up and took her around 10pm and she peed and we didn't get her up in the middle of the night and she was dry when she woke up at 8am. She also said "go potty" as soon as we walked in her room and she peed. This was huge for her. 10 hours dry and telling us she had to go and actually going.

I know this is all over the place and doesn't give specific directions but every child is different and every parent wants to do it their way. There is no one set way to train and I would find it very difficult to train in a weekend, but like I said, it depends on the child. If you have specific questions, let me know and I will try my best to answer!

 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Social- November 17

Sunday Social


1. Name 4 jobs you've had in your life. Cashier(at 2 different places), Jewelry Maker, Picker/Packer, Day Care worker

2. Name 4 movies you would watch over and over. Sweet Home Alabama, The Notebook, Bridesmaids, While You Were Sleeping

3. Name 4 places you have lived.
2 houses in the town I was born and raised, Alan's first house and our current house. All in South Carolina.

4. Name 4 of your favorite foods.
Cupcakes, a really good salad, Chilcfila, fries

5. Name 4 things you always carry with you.
Phone, ID, keys, debit card, sunglasses

6. Name 4 places you have been on vacation.
Barbados, Mexico, Haiti, Jamaica

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Soul Mates

Let me preface this with this.. Alan is probably going to hate that I spilled my guts on here about him. I'm not a guts spiller. I'm not very emotional nor do I openly show I am a caring person. It's just been one of those weeks and I felt led to write this. He deserves lots of public praise and I never do it on here. 
Love you babe :)

When I say I've had a rough couple of weeks, I mean rough. I have been an emotional, temper filled, exhausted, pregnant girl. Add potty training in the mix this week and my sciatic nerve hurting like crazy and that just piles on the emotions. I think I cried for an hour yesterday and I've cried quite a few times over the past couple of weeks from the pain from my leg/hip from it. I'm not much of a crier, people. Riley must be an emotional girl because I've been one walking hormone with her! Alan has, not surprisingly, handled it with great ease. I'm not easy to deal with at times but he knows what I need to hear, when I need to hear it. If it's silence, that's what I get. 

I was watching this video the other day about moms beating their self up and not thinking they are good enough. Then they bring in their kids and video them of their thoughts on their mom and the moms watched it. All of the kids talked about how awesome their moms were and none had a negative thing to say. It really was touching. I seriously was only watching it because I had seen it on Facebook about 8 times from different people. I had no idea what it was even about until I started watching it. Somehow Alan knew what I was thinking. "Why are you watching that?" he asked.. bring on the tears. We had a long talk about parenting and Madison and it was just what I needed. Sometimes you have no idea you need to cry until someone says just the right thing.

Here's said video.

Alan had no idea I had a meltdown yesterday. I feel like I had finally hit a wall. With everything going on with the potty, pain, pregnancy and going stir crazy, I just had had enough, but he had no idea. He gets home and I'm cooking supper. He and Madison play around while I'm cooking. After a bit, I go into the bedroom and find a card on my nightstand. It was just what I needed. I go cry in the bathroom a few minutes and come walking through, composed, until I go to tell him Thank You. "Not the reaction I was hoping for" he said... "No, it was perfect timing.." I said. 

Take time for your spouse or partner. Buy him or her that card unexpectedly. Take them by a coffee, slushie or a hamburger by surprise. Take a day/half day off to have a breakfast date or go get a cupcake while your daughter is at school. Run them a hot bath when you know they need to rest or bring home takeout if you know they are too tired to cook(just make sure supper isn't in the process of being made) Take those moments for you two when you get the chance. You never know what it may mean for the other person. You may have no idea what a random card will mean to them or what kind of day they secretly had.

I know how blessed I am to have a fantastic husband and father to the girls. We have the perfect marriage and I feel we were made just for each other. I rarely tell him, though. I need to work on that..


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

32 weeks pregnant with Riley


Date: November 13


How far along - 32 weeks

Growing Baby- She's getting ready for her descent -- she's likely in the head-down position now

How big is your baby?
Symptoms- heart burn, very emotional, sciatic nerve is killing me, getting comfortable at night very hard.

Weight- 128.4 lbs

Total weight gain/loss: +15.4lbs
Belly measures- 36"

Cravingsweets, soda

Bought- a couple of maternity shirts and cardigan.

Done-Not much of anything.

To Do: hang art above changing table, buy a few more things for shelves, sew blackout liners on curtains. 

Looking forward to
- our shower this weekend, getting Madison potty trained(in the process), hopefully getting a massage to help my hip/legmaternity pics


Other thoughts- she seems to have dropped a bit.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In November, I will



-enjoy these last 2 months with just Madison. In less than 2 months, she will no longer be out only child and I want to make some special memories with her before that happens.

-Organize Riley's room. Get all art on the wall, clean and sort her random stuff in her closet, get her room ready to go...

-Potty train Madison, which we are in the middle of doing.
-figure out Riley's middle name. I'm going to roll this one over from October! We have got to get it locked down!

-Bake some goodies for Madison's class.

What are your goals for November?



Sunday, November 10, 2013

Mom challenge update!

Did you join in? How did you do? Leave a comment with your blog post and I'd love to read it! I love a good challenge and my parenting skills need any extra help they can get! Here's a recap!



Day 1- Ask "What is one thing we can do together this month?"
Madison wouldn't understand this question even if I asked, so I will figure this out on my own :)

Day 2- Go the whole day without yelling
This is one area I'm ashamed to admit that I need help with. I don't yell at her a lot, or even every day.  She loves to push my buttons sometimes and normally when Alan is home. I did, however go this day and the 3rd without yelling at her! Progress! I'm trying to keep it cool with her.

Day 3- Hug your child three times today
This one is easy. I easily hug her 3 times before she even goes to school.

Day 4-Kiss your children while they are asleep
I was able to wake her up for school this morning so I snuck one in :) Usually she's awake while I'm getting ready and she tends to be a light sleeper and I don't want to wake her!

Day 5- Say to yourself  "She's only ___ years old. She's still a child." Then treat him that way.
I hate this saying. It's mainly said by parents who don't discipline their child, in my opinion. I think that kids that know better, should be disciplined, even at 2. There are things I can ease up on, sure.. but I won't let her get away with things 'just because she's 2'.

Day 6- Bake, make or buy them their favorite food.
I did not get to it this day but did on the 8th. We made granola bars that she liked.

Day 7- Leave a sweet note for them
She's too young for me to do this.

Day 8- Calculate how many weekends are left until your child graduates from high school.
 832 I believe.

Day 9- Picture yourself at your child's age. Remember how you felt.
I have no idea how I felt at age 2. I don't remember that far back.

Day 10- Today's mom focus: Joy
We had a good day. She woke up happy, played good on her own, went to school great, we had lunch with Alan and she took a nap. After her nap, we went to a consignment store and Target and came home where she ate decent and went to bed great(except 2 crying spells by 10pm) As long as Madison is in a good mood, Mama is in a good mood ;)

Day 11- Tell your child "I'm so glad you are my son/daughter"
This is obvious and she wouldn't understand it if I told her.

Day 12- Pray for wisdom
I did this and need to do this more often.

Day 13- Do not criticize your child today.
I don't criticize her...

Day 14- Remember; being a mother is a gift
I always know this but it's not always at the front of my mind. I tried to keep that in mind this day and just treasure her.

Day 15- Be firm when needed, but not harsh.
I have really backed off on her and it feels good. Sometimes I am firm but I feel like I'm not yelling as much :)

Day 16- Picture your child at age 25. Mother with that in mind today

Day 17- Laugh with your child today
I do this every day.

Day 18- Who is a mom you admire? What quality of hers can you live out today?
Any mom is worth admiring. It's hard work! I beat myself up a lot about being a good mom. I don't think I'm good enough and I'm too hard on Madison sometimes. I need to work on all of that.

Day 19- Teach your child one thing he can do on his own.
We do this daily. We at least try to teach her something.

Day 20- Today's focus: Patience
This was a really hard day. She woke up on the wrong side of the bed and was grumpy 75% of the day. 

Day 21- Forgive yourself when you mess up
See Day 18.

Day 22- How do you want your child to remember you? Be that mom today.
I want her to remember me as a fun mom. I'm not the fun parent, Alan is. I get wrapped up in getting things done while she's playing, I tend not to play with her. I need to work on this.

Day 23- Replace sarcasm with kindness
I'm not sarcastic with Madison. She was great all day but was wild after her Daddy took her to music class at church. I have been on the go for the past 3 days that I hit a brick wall about her bath time so I kept getting a bit frustrated with her because I was exhausted and she was hyper.

Day 24- Do not interrupt your child when he/she is talking
I don't typically do this anyway.

Day 25- Ask for your child's opinions
We always do this, even at 2 years old. We have always talked to Madison like an adult and have never baby talked to her.

Day 26- Encourage your child today
 Something we always do.

Day 27- Do one thing that is good for your health. 
I'm trying not to eat horrible. I don't remember what specifically I did this day since I'm updating this post a few days after.

Day 28- Teach your child a new word
I didn't make it a goal to teach her a new word but she's always learning new things!

Day 29- Turn off your phone, computer or TV when your child is with you
I didn't realize this was today's goal until after her nap. Sure, I'm guilty of checking social media or sneaking in a game of Candy Crush while she's eating or playing. After I realized it, I didn't pick up my phone until Alan got home that day. I need to force myself to do this more often. It's too easy to just pick up your phone while your child is playing but I also understand that playing with her is important too.

Day 30- Today's focus: Love
 This was a tough day. Not in the love department because I love her like crazy but she was in one of those moods. She was not listening at school and has picked up pushing/slapping/hitting. This put me over the edge because she's not the kid that does that. We had quite a few long talks about being nice and not doing bad things. I'm hoping she's done better at school since then.

Day 31- Go to lunch or some type of fun outing, just you two.
I was able to spend some time with her at her school during her Halloween parade. The 3 of us went out for supper, which is rare during the week. Then we went trick or treating. We didn't go out of our way to do something just us 2 but we do that once or twice a week. Sometimes we will go to lunch after school or just go to Target and share an Icee and popcorn.



Saturday, November 9, 2013

In October, I did...


Happy November! Here's my October goal update! How did yours go?


-do a fall craft with Madison
I'm a horrible mom. The latter part of October wasn't so good in the pregnancy front. She did do a lot of Halloween crafting at school and we did pick up leaves and acorns. that counts, right?

-bake something with her that she will actually eat.
Done. Read about it here.

-decorate for Fall
I changed my mind about this one. I just ain't up to it! :)

-figure out Riley's middle name. We have agreed to one but in favoring another that Alan's not on board with.
Fail! We did talk about it but didn't agree to anything.

-get Riley a mattress and crib sheet and try to get her room figured out!
Done! I bought her some white sheets(and realized I already had 2 white sheets for her), got her mattress ordered and her room layout done!

-exercise!
haven't had time and when I have, I don't have the energy.

-Do some form of activity with our church. 
Well we did sign up to volunteer but the dates were told wrong(not the church's fault!). Long story. We have signed up to volunteer for the same event for November and Alan is volunteering for an event soon. We also tried out a Sunday School class, joined the church and had Madison baptized.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Busy November!

After our crazy October, I'm so relieved that our November includes a mini vacation! Our November calendar doesn't look much different than our October one. Here's what we have going on this month!

-buy Riley's dresser and clean out her closet
-birthday party
-Alan and his dad are going to an NFL game
-music classes and suppers at church
-31 week Dr appointment
-massage
-an entire weekend dedicated to potty training Madison(and lots of praying)
-2 church volunteer events
-Our dog, Micki's 10th birthday
-maternity pictures
-Thanksgiving
-our Christmas tree trip
-Baby shower!

Add in a couple of birthdays, church, haircuts(including Madison!) and likely a mani/pedi for this mama(and maybe Daddy too!) before our trip and it's another crazy month.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

31 weeks pregnant with Riley


Date: November 6

How far along - 31 weeks

Growing Baby- She's going through major brain and nerve development. Eye development, too. Her irises now react to light! All five of her senses are in working order.

How big is your baby?

Symptoms- heart burn, very emotional, tired, nightmares

Weight- 126.4 lbs

Total weight gain/loss: +13.4

Belly measures- 36"

Cravingsweets

Bought- more stuff for her(and M's) room, changing table/cabinet, lamp, hamper, pack of diapers. basket for end table for storage

Done- put her mattress, sheet and breathable bumper in the crib. Put her Sweet Dreams decal on the wall.  Put her shelves up. Got her cabinet in and halfway decorated(pics coming later)

To Do: hang art above changing table, buy a few more things for shelves, sew blackout liners on curtains. 

Looking forward to
- getting Madison potty trained this weekend, 31 week Dr appointment, a massageand our shower in 2 weeks!

Other thoughts- time is flying by so fast!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

This or That



A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids?

This is my first This or That linkup.  This one is all about the kiddos!

1. A night without the kids, or A night with well behaved kids.
A night out. Alan and I hardly ever go out alone so this one is easy! Plus Madison is a well behaved kid so we get the night in most of the time.


2. Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or Full on tantrum in the movie theater
Grocery store. For 1, Madison is too young to pay for her to see a movie and 2, movies are expensive. She would want popcorn, chocolate and slushies. I can leave a full buggy of groceries in the store and not think twice but leaving a movie I paid roughly $65 to see, no way!
3. Runny nose or Runny bum
I would think any parent would say Nose. That one is much easier than the latter. 

4. Self done haircut, or Self done Sharpie tattoo. 
tattoo. I can wash that off but her cutting her own hair would not be good since her hair grows slow.


  • A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids? I’m definitely going with a night without the kids! We don’t get time together, alone very often.  I guess you can say that after the kids go to bed we do, but at that point we are both exhausted and just need to relax.  It would be nice to get out for a monthly date night, but right now I’d even take a yearly date night!!
  • Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or tantrum in the movie theatre? I’ve ever had to deal with either of these. We haven’t had many public tantrums…yet. Right now if I had to choose, I’d choose the grocery store. I don’t think I’m crazy enough to take the kids to too many movies at this age, and if we were in the grocery store I’d hang my head and leave!
  • Runny nose or runny bum? Definitely, definitely runny nose!! Again, never had to deal with a runny bum and it doesn’t sound like I ever want to! I’m used to Oliver yelling that he “has a boogie!!” and getting kleenex to wipe it for him!
  • Self done haircut, self done sharpie tattoo
  • - See more at: http://www.loveandcrayons.com/this-and-that-link-up-parenting/#sthash.L2THbLL7.dpuf
    tattoo for sure! I can wash it off or cover it up(hopefully!) Her hair grows pretty slow so a horrible haircut would be around for a while.






  • A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids? I’m definitely going with a night without the kids! We don’t get time together, alone very often.  I guess you can say that after the kids go to bed we do, but at that point we are both exhausted and just need to relax.  It would be nice to get out for a monthly date night, but right now I’d even take a yearly date night!!
  • Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or tantrum in the movie theatre? I’ve ever had to deal with either of these. We haven’t had many public tantrums…yet. Right now if I had to choose, I’d choose the grocery store. I don’t think I’m crazy enough to take the kids to too many movies at this age, and if we were in the grocery store I’d hang my head and leave!
  • Runny nose or runny bum? Definitely, definitely runny nose!! Again, never had to deal with a runny bum and it doesn’t sound like I ever want to! I’m used to Oliver yelling that he “has a boogie!!” and getting kleenex to wipe it for him!
  • Self done haircut, self done sharpie tattoo
  • - See more at: http://www.loveandcrayons.com/this-and-that-link-up-parenting/#sthash.L2THbLL7.dpuf




  • A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids? I’m definitely going with a night without the kids! We don’t get time together, alone very often.  I guess you can say that after the kids go to bed we do, but at that point we are both exhausted and just need to relax.  It would be nice to get out for a monthly date night, but right now I’d even take a yearly date night!!
  • Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or tantrum in the movie theatre? I’ve ever had to deal with either of these. We haven’t had many public tantrums…yet. Right now if I had to choose, I’d choose the grocery store. I don’t think I’m crazy enough to take the kids to too many movies at this age, and if we were in the grocery store I’d hang my head and leave!
  • Runny nose or runny bum? Definitely, definitely runny nose!! Again, never had to deal with a runny bum and it doesn’t sound like I ever want to! I’m used to Oliver yelling that he “has a boogie!!” and getting kleenex to wipe it for him!
  • Self done haircut, self done sharpie tattoo
  • - See more at: http://www.loveandcrayons.com/this-and-that-link-up-parenting/#sthash.L2THbLL7.dpuf




  • A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids? I’m definitely going with a night without the kids! We don’t get time together, alone very often.  I guess you can say that after the kids go to bed we do, but at that point we are both exhausted and just need to relax.  It would be nice to get out for a monthly date night, but right now I’d even take a yearly date night!!
  • Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or tantrum in the movie theatre? I’ve ever had to deal with either of these. We haven’t had many public tantrums…yet. Right now if I had to choose, I’d choose the grocery store. I don’t think I’m crazy enough to take the kids to too many movies at this age, and if we were in the grocery store I’d hang my head and leave!
  • Runny nose or runny bum? Definitely, definitely runny nose!! Again, never had to deal with a runny bum and it doesn’t sound like I ever want to! I’m used to Oliver yelling that he “has a boogie!!” and getting kleenex to wipe it for him!
  • Self done haircut, self done sharpie tattoo
  • - See more at: http://www.loveandcrayons.com/this-and-that-link-up-parenting/#sthash.L2THbLL7.dpuf

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Halloween 2013

    Madison had a huge day! Her school has a big carnival and her class got to watch the older kids walk in a costume parade and then they had a party at 11:30 with cupcakes, gold fish and fruit. I helped with the party and Alan came in. She was so happy to have us there! She ate her fruit and cupcake and then wanted to play in her class. I didn't dress her up for fear that she'd be uncomfortable and/or mess up her costume before being able to trick or treat. 

    After school, I brought her home(Alan went back to work) and she was ready for bed! I usually keep her up a while and had planned on doing this on halloween because I knew she was going to be up past her bedtime but within 20 minutes of getting home, she crawled in her bed and said "night night!" So I put her down and she slept 2 hours. She got up, ate some snacks and wanted to rest on the couch and "watch tv" for a bit. That's always her sign that she's not ready to really get up and play. So we laid on the couch with the mess of the house surrounding us. I'm trying to treasure these Mommy and Madison moments before Riley gets here. 

    Alan got home by 5 and we decided to take her to Chic-Fil-A for supper before trick or treating. They were giving free kids meals and she loves 'chick chick' from there so I knew she would eat it. We then stopped by Publix because they were having games and giving candy. We walked around the store and let her play. She had a lot of fun! Then we stopped by a family friends house to visit and then headed to Alan's moms neighborhood. We walked her to about 7 houses and her bucket was almost full! She hit a wall after about an hour but kept saying "One more".. She had a blast ringing the doorbell and saying thank you when they gave her candy. On the way home, the firefighters were out in front of the firehouse waving a candy bucket so we stopped. They filled her bucket up with suckers! She had a ball and was wiped out!

    Cutest Minnie Mouse, ever!

    Madison's Mickey pumpkin, her tiny pumpkin she just had to have and Riley's middle pumpkin. I had every intention of carving an "R" in Riley's pumpkin but I just never got around to it. At least she had a pumpkin though, right?


    3 Halloweens. What a difference!
    1.5 months, 13.5 months and 25.5 months.