Spring is finally here!

Spring is my favorite season.

Sweet smelling flowers IMG_2084_2

gentle breezes IMG_1581_2

warm sunshine IMG_1637 

bare toddler feet IMG_2072_2

sidewalk chalk and bubbles IMG_1390_2

and Easter dresses IMG_1925_2

Oh easter dresses. We realized that Auntie Ang’s fancy dress from way back in the day would fit my little demon and, so, of course, we had to put her in it. And she was beyond adorable (IMO). IMG_1932

We had our usual two easters. The week before Easter we had Fake Easter with my mom’s family. Ellabelle hunted eggs and stole peeps when she thought mom and dad weren’t paying attention. IMG_1551 IMG_1552 IMG_1553

Then on actual easter, of course the Easter bunny brought her eggs. She’s still a little confused on who the Easter bunny is. She kept saying Santa was going to bring her eggs. She sorta got it by the time Easter actually arrived. IMG_1818 IMG_1829

We bought her this ridiculous duck last year after Easter on clearance. I forgot just how big this thing is! It’s ridiculous, and I don’t know what I was thinking. He’s camping out on the end of her bed now. IMG_1847_2

And the night before we planted magic jelly beans again. IMG_1726 IMG_1738 IMG_1740_2

She thinks all jelly beans are called “magic beans” now. They grew overnight into lollipops, of course. IMG_1843_2 IMG_1844

She did so much better at hunting eggs this year. She had a blast and we managed to keep her from opening them as she found them unlike last year. IMG_1838 IMG_1879 IMG_1840

We also went to brunch with Oma, Opa, and Auntie Ang. IMG_1974 IMG_1945 IMG_1961_2

And hunted eggs the Easter bunny left at Oma and Opa’s IMG_1979_2 IMG_1981

and colored eggs as well. She only broke two of them this year. IMG_1986 IMG_1988 IMG_1992

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Spring also means the start of the rollerderby season. We’ve been to family day and the first two games of the season. Ellabelle loves watching derby as much as we do it seems. Or maybe it’s just all the junk food she gets to eat while she’s there. But she’s started telling us she “play girls” as in playing for the rollergirls. And I’m a-ok with that. Hopefully, she’ll be cleared to ride a bike and rollerskate and go on playgrounds next week when she has her checkup for her leg. IMG_1751 IMG_1805_2 IMG_1747

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And now, a Baby M update:

How far along? 33 weeks and 4 days

Total weight gain/lost: not sure – I’ve gained 2lbs since my last appointment which is good (about a pound a week). I checked my scale to see what I weighed the last time I weighed myself on it and I’m still 5lbs under the heaviest I was not pregnant.

Maternity clothes? I love my few pieces and wish I had embraced them last time around too!

Stretch marks? Not any new ones

Best moment of the week: I’m just taking it day by day because how I feel varies from moment to moment

Missing anything? Meat. Sometimes I can sneak a few pieces in, but she realizes what it is and freaks out.

Movement? Yep

Cravings: fruit, smoothies, and sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick? meat

Have you started to show? definitely look pregnant at this point

Labor signs? Braxton hicks 😦

Belly button in or out? in

Wedding ring on or off? off – my hands and feet swell daily

Mood: varies from moment to moment – so don’t mess with me 😉 

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I hope everyone had a very happy Easter! Hopefully, these April showers will get over with and we can move onto the May flowers…and a new baby! IMG_1828

Bacon Bit and Tater Tot

So, it’s been about a month since I posted anything. That’s because there hasn’t really been anything to report. I’ve been sick. EB has been in her cast. Life has kinda be a boring pattern of day in and day out. There’s good news though…
The cast….
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It’s gone!
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Yaah!!!
We took her in on Tuesday, 10/21, to get it taken off. We were under the impression that they’d xray her and decide if she was ready. That was not the case. We get there and waited like 5 minutes (if that) and they called us back. Josh was getting coffee so we had to wait for him before we could start. They had me lay her down on the exam table and then they sawed that bad boy right off. EB whined a little because of the noise, but that was it.
She cried and shook like crazy once it was off though, but that was totally normal apparently. Her muscle was so underused that it hurt her to even stretch out her leg. We did get an xray afterwards and she has a lot of new bone growth so she’s looking great! She’s been crawling and scooting around at home, but she’s still weary about putting weight on that leg. I think we’re gonna get her old baby walking toy out and see if that helps her. 10384908_10100716975417820_2846209847274732870_n
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As for how she’s doing, she’s like a totally different kid than the one who’s been living with us for the past 6 weeks. She’s happy and bubbly and wants to hug and snuggle. She’s sweet as can be and her bad attitude seems to have gone in the trash with that disgusting cast. I’m so happy to have my girl back. 10525733_10100718015244000_22447694748982866_n
As for the other good news in our lives, we announced last week that we expecting baby #2.
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I’ve been keeping track of the past few weeks on my phone since I couldn’t post them on here. So, here’s the tater tots first blog posts:
Week 5: So I’m burning some time at work because this day has gone so incredibly, awfully slow, and it’s too late to start anything new. I asked Josh to give me something to do and he told me to work on a baby blog because I haven’t written anything about it yet. I did start writing about my pregnancy from the very beginning with Ellabelle. I just feel like there’s nothing to write except to whine about how tired I am. Plus, no one actually sees these posts til well after the fact because I post them after everyone knows which will probably be around week 10.But then I realized that if I put off doing early posts about baby #2 that I’ll be doing exactly what I swore I wouldn’t and not providing both children with equal childhood memories. That means photo books for both and baby books filled out for both. (Granted EBs stops around the 12month mark). There will be belly bump pictures followed monthly pictures (and blog posts) for tator tot.

Yes, tator tot. We don’t do peanut or any other cutesy nicknames that you hear baking babies referred to as. We had a bacon bit last time and a tator tot this time.

About the pregnancy though, I feel generally ok. I’m drained and ready for bed at 7, but there’s been very little nausea and no vomiting (::knock on wood::). I’ve heard boys are less likely to torture you while pregnant so I’m leaning in that direction of what I think it is so far. I’ve also been so very cold. All. The. Time. And this is weird because I’m usually a blast furnace. So, that’s where I’m at with this so far. My first doctors appointment is Oct 17 which is driving me crazy how far away it is. I’m so impatient.

Week 7: welp, I’m still hanging in there as we round third on week 7. I don’t remember when I finally started to feel like I could really function again last time. This time I’ve got a much better defense mechanism: drugs. It’s ok. They’re doctor prescribed. I’m taking a zofran around lunch time ( and that is the same drug they give chemo patients if you happen to recognize) and a unisom at night before bed. And I stuff my face with something every hour and I think I’m doing ok. I’m so tired in the evening by which sucks because I feel like I don’t do anything to help the hubs or pay much attention to the kid. The cast as actually been a great help it seems (not that it makes me happy it’s around) in that she sits on the couch and I sit on the couch and we veg together. I’m gonna get some vitamin B6 tonight and hopefully it’ll put a little pep in my step.We did the breast cancer walk last weekend and it nearly knocked me out. I managed to do about half of it but I definitely pushed myself way too hard.

On Tuesday this week, I ended up in the emergency room at Christ due to extreme pain in my abdomen and feeling like I couldn’t breathe. After a couple hours, they told me I had a sub chorionic hematoma that are common but most woman can’t even feel them. They put me on bed rest for 48 hours just to be safe. So that was fun.

Week 9: I should’ve bit my tongue. It’s been a rough two weeks on my gut. I got off zofran because it was causing other issues and I didn’t feel like the good outweighed the bad. I’m now on diclegis which has been so helpfully. I feel better when I wake up and I can manage to stay awake and active later into the evening (I even made soup last night!) Most of the time, I’m just down and out because I’m lacking so much energy. Hopefully, that comes back soon enough. With EB out of her cast, she’s ready for mommy’s undivided attention, and, as much as I want to give it to her, it’s easier said than done most days.