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His Aunt and Uncle got him the Mater bubble blower. It’s supposed to be for ages three and up, but we just don’t put bubbles in it. He LOVES pushing it around (it’s the perfect height for him) and it is just such a cute toy. I’m sure we’ll put bubbles in it for him when he’s older.🙂

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He loves his Leap Frog “My Pal Scout” and has since he was about 6 months old. It is the cutest toy ever and we have gotten so much use out of it. It connects to your computer with a USB cable and you can download your child’s name and all his favorite things. There is also a girl version, named Violet. This is the toy I recommend the most to my friends.

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He also loves the Leap Frog Cell Phone, as he is very into talking on the phone.🙂

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Going along with the Leap Frog theme, he also loves his Scout Laptop. What can I say, I LOVE Leap Frog products. We have a couple of the dvds, but he’s still not very interested in sitting down and watching movies (which I’m completely fine with!).

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He loves the Fisher Price “Little People” toys lately. I remember having Little People toys when I was little too, and I loved them. We got him the Farm for his birthday and it is so cute. It comes with a bunch of animals and even makes sounds.

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My aunt and uncle got him the Little People Plane set (also very cute).

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He also loves the Little People that you can buy separately (they come two to a package, for I believe around 5 dollars). He specifically loves the Batman and Joker and Superman and the Green Lantern. I know he’ll get even more use out of these toys as he gets older.

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One of my favorite toy brands is b. toys (sold mainly at Target). RJ has a lot of their toys and loves all of them. My dad got him the bath toy set for his birthday, and he absolutely loves it (both in and out of the tub). It comes with all kinds of fun pieces and is so well made. I like their products because they are made of safe non-toxic plastic and paint (which is important since he chews on everything!).

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We also got him the little remote controlled car for his other birthday gift and he loves that too. It’s made for ages one and up, so it’s super easy to use. The remote only has one button, so he already knows how to make it go. The car has lights that flash and gears that you can see turning inside when the car is moving. His daddy loves it too.🙂

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RJ has loved his b. keys since he was about 6 months old. We still get a lot of use out of these. The keys are made out of stainless steel (perfectly safe for chewing on) and therefore they look more realistic compared to other toy keys. They even make the clinking sound that real keys make. We all know that babies love “real” things, so these are great.

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In addition, he likes pretty much all cars, balls, and books.🙂 He still chews on books, but he’s getting better about actually turning the pages and looking at them, and letting me read to him. I’m so glad he likes books!🙂

 

 

It’s a Boy!

As it stands right now, wednesday was definitely one of the best days of my life.🙂 That was the day of our long awaited ultrasound! I was SO nervous! I don’t know why….I guess because I’m the type of person who worries about everything! I was afraid that they were going to find something wrong with the baby. It was so incredible to actually be able to (kind of!) see the little person that’s always kicking me. The baby is healthy, which is what I cared about the most. It’s quite the little wiggle-worm though. The technician had no problem seeing what he needed to see but when he’d try to actually capture an image it usually turned out to be a blur of an arm or leg. He was able to get some though, so that was good.  He saved the gender for last. He explained to us what we were seeing: “Baby’s laying on it’s tummy. Here’s one leg and here’s the other leg. And here’s it’s butt….”

It’s a BOY folks! We saw that for ourselves very plainly. I’m glad he let us get a definite look….at least he cooperated for that!🙂 He’s also a big boy….they actually moved my due date up….which doesn’t surprise me. Babies are definitely good sized in my family. I was ten days early when I was born and I was still 8 pounds 13 ounces! We are THRILLED to be having a boy. David was grinning from ear to ear….he SO wanted a boy to carry on his last name. I wanted a boy too, but we have so many girls on both sides I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Boys are definitely a novelty!

After we left the hospital, I was grinning from ear to ear. We wanted to tell our families in person, so my mom picked us up after work and took us up to Lake Stevens where we met up with my grandma, sister, David’s mom and sister, and Nina and Eva at Ixtapa. I printed off copies of one of the ultrasound pictures (they gave us a disc) and put them in a frame. Then I wrote in a card: “Congratulations, you’re going to have a grandson!” I tried really hard to find “grandson” frames but they didn’t have any ANYWHERE (I have no idea why….) so I had to improvise with the card idea. Both our moms opened their cards at the same time….and then chaos ensued! They both started crying and everyone was squealing. Everyone jumped up and was hugging….it was just like something you would see on tv. It was perfect.🙂 Everyone really wanted a boy apparently!

David’s dad was at work, but he didn’t want David to tell him over the phone. We had him read the card when he got home too. Before he even read the card, he said he had his suspicions because of how David was acting (he was still grinning from ear to ear). He’s pretty excited to have a grandson too. David’s dad is ALL about the grandkids, it’s awesome!🙂

I registered for boy bedding (monkey themed of course!) and even some clothes and now I think my registry is complete!

We feel so blessed to be having a healthy baby boy. Now we just can’t wait to meet him!🙂

1. What is your cleaning style like?

Normally I like to clean as I go. I can’t STAND clutter and can’t relax if my environment is messy. I’ve kind of given up on keeping the apartment clean though so I’ll get back to my neat freak ways when we move.

2. What is your favorite thing to add to an outfit to take it from casual to classy?

Oh my….”classy” doesn’t exactly describe my “wardrobe” lately (and I use the word wardrobe loosely…since there are only a few pairs of pants I can wear). I wear a lot of black, to me that is usually considered classy. I also like cute purses….and those aren’t dependent on my size, so that’s good!🙂

3. Do you like stormy weather?

As a general rule:  no. I don’t mind a nice rainstorm every once in awhile, but unfortunately this is Seattle and rain doesn’t happen every once in awhile. I am sick of rain and I think I need to move somewhere warm.

4. What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day?

I love Sorbet (we went to Haggen Daaz in San Antonio and their sorbet was SOOOO refreshing in the 80 degree heat) and Dreyer’s Fruit bars (the grape and lemonade variety….so good). Great, now I want a popsicle….

5. What is your favorite warm treat on a cold day?

Nonfat white chocolate mocha (or peppermint mocha)….and of course decaf these days.🙂

6. Who is your favorite animated character?

Hmmm…..I love Curious George.

7. What do you keep your jewelry in?

It’s sort of all over the place.

8. Do any of the rooms in your house have a theme?

Not right now….but our next place will.

9. Do you watch any interior design TV shows – if so, what is your favorite?

I LOVE Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I cry every time.

10. When was the last time you did something risk-taking?

I haven’t taken any “risks” lately.

San Antonio

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The weather was AWESOME while we were there. It felt so good to wear flip flops and sunglasses and not have to worry about a jacket. It was a really nice break from the rain and cold!

It was the 175th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, while we were down there. I love anything to do with history, so I really enjoyed going and seeing that.

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Let’s talk about the food for a moment: it was awesome! Mexican food is my favorite of all time, and they have PLENTY of it in Texas! The margaritas looked amazing as well, but I obviously wasn’t able to partake in them. I’m normally not much of an alcohol person, so I haven’t really minded not being able to drink. I have to say though, I was a little jealous….I love margaritas! Oh well, everyone else enjoyed theirs!🙂 Eva tried guacamole for the first time, and she LOVED it!

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Being the Seattleites that we are, we of course had to get Starbucks everyday. The picture below is of David and his little niece, while at Starbucks.🙂

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We all went our separate ways on Tuesday….and everyone had to say goodbye to David’s brother. That was emotional for everyone….I even almost cried! I know how hard it is on David knowing that his little brother is in harm’s way.

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I have to admit, I really didn’t want to come home. I could have stayed longer. I would like to go back and do all the things we didn’t have the chance to do. I would like to go to Sea World and the zoo. On the drive to the airport I spotted a HUGE outlet mall that I would LOVE to go to. I also saw three Cracker Barrels. I LOVE that restaurant and we don’t have any in Washington state for some reason.

Pretty much my only complaint about Texas, is that smoking is allowed in bars. I don’t like the smell of cigarrette smoke normally, but with being pregnant I really didn’t want to be around it. All in all, I really loved San Antonio and I’m so glad we went. Now I’m ready for another vacation again!🙂 I slept better than I had in a LONG time.

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Fill In the Blank Friday

If you would like to participate go here! Happy Friday!

1.   I am currently obsessed with    picking out baby stuff and trying to decide where I want to register….I’m debating between Babies R Us, Target, and Amazon (with Amazon you can add items from any website you want…which I like). I won’t actually BUY anything until we move….it doesn’t make sense to get any of it now, it would just mean more stuff to move! 

2.  Today I am    full of energy     because,   I seem to finally be passed the “sick” portion of pregnancy. I also seem to finally be experiencing the “boost of energy” all the books talk about….I was wondering if it was EVER going to happen!

3.  The age I am is    28     and the age I feel is    sometimes older than that, and sometimes younger. Sometimes I can’t believe that I am already 28, and graduated from high school TEN years ago! And then other times, I feel older than my years. I guess it depends on my mood.🙂

4.  My favorite place is    Eastern Washington. I love that the pace of life is slower and also how beautiful it is. I also much prefer the weather over there….I like having actual seasons. David and I talk all the time about moving over there (though we won’t do that anytime soon).

5.  Something I have been procrastinating is     cleaning the apartment. I know that is horrible, but no matter what I do, it doesn’t stay clean for longer than a day and then I get frustrated. I did, however, do a lot of cleaning today and I feel much better. 

6.  The last thing I purchased was       Probably groceries…super exciting, I know.
roceries. I’m boring like that. At least today we bought a strawberry rhubarb pie at the store… that’s far more interesting than our usual chicken, veggies, rice half&half boring nonsense….
7.  The thing I love most about my home is       the fact that we only have to live here for two more months. That sounds awful, but I seriously can’t stand it here. There is literally nothing I will miss about this place. To give you an idea of how “lovely” it is: our toilet overflowed randomly about a week ago and drenched the carpet in the hallway and even leaked into the apartment downstairs from us. It was AWFUL. And of course it happened late at night and RIGHT after I got done washing all our towels (which have now been thrown away), Yes, I cried. And that, is only ONE of my frustrations…..

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Little Kicker

We’re almost halfway to baby, which is hard to believe! I can’t believe how fast it’s going. My favorite moment of all, so far, happened a few nights ago. It was late at night and the baby was moving around. I had been feeling it for probably over a week at that point. I found the right spot and told David to put his hand there….and sure enough he was rewarded with a kick (or a punch!). His eyes got really big and he looked at me in disbelief. Feeling it move makes it feel much more “real”. It’s weird to think that there is a tiny person inside of me….and weirder still to feel something moving around in there! I was SO glad that he was able to feel it. It moves around a lot, so it’s hard to find the exact spot sometimes. It kicks in one spot, and then moves on to a different one. :)  This baby is definitely a night owl….I guess that isn’t that suprising! It was a very special moment between the two of us, and I will NEVER forget it.

Another couple weeks and we’ll find out if it’s a boy or a girl! I literally can’t wait.🙂 I am tired of referring to the baby as “it”. We normally call it “Baby Boot” since David calls me “boot”.🙂

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A Family in the Making

I have to admit something. Since I got pregnant, I have been exceptionally emotional….and, at times, irritable. Things that got on my nerves before, are now almost too much for me to handle. I have to say, that this has been my least favorite part of pregnancy. I usually am not feeling well (although I’m FINALLY to the point where I don’t get naseous every single day) and I am always exhausted. I would love nothing more than quiet nights at home. Maybe snuggled up on the couch with David, watching a movie. We would make dinner together and just relax together. Obviously, I usually don’t feel like doing much more than that anyway. Well, that scenario never happens. See, I not only live with my boyfriend, but with a friend of his. Needless to say, that adds a different dynamic to the household. More often than not, it is a constant state of “guys night”….video games (for 6+ hours at a time), beer, and movies that totally gross me out (of the horror genre). Now let’s see here: I hate video games, can’t drink beer, and said horror movies don’t help my constant state of nausea. I usually end up in the bedroom….where I end up feeling pitifully lonely and sorry for myself.

We’re moving in May. The lease is up then, and obviously we need to focus on being a “family”. I’m not very patient. I want everything to be figured out. I want to know where I’m going to live. And I want to be able to prepare for this baby. I want to set up a nursery, buy baby clothes, all of that fun stuff. But most of all, I want us to establish our own little family. Things are about to change-big time. I think I realize that more than David does, at this point in time. He knows life will change, but I don’t think he grasps the enormity of it. He’ll no longer be able to do what he wants, when he wants to….and neither will I. A little tiny person will be calling the shots and it is our job to take care of him or her. Our careless days will be over and that’s a little bit scary. For me, my careless days have already ended. There’s obviously a lot of things I’ve had to change: no alcohol, no caffeine, less energy, sick every minute of the day, throwing up…. I think that’s why it has hit me a little bit more. I guess subconsciously I’m kind of resentful that he gets to keep doing everything he’s always done and I have to be miserable all the time. I know that’s irrational, and I would NEVER want to forbid him from doing something just because I can’t do it. He’s going to be an amazing father, I have no doubts of that….I just don’t think it’s as real to him as it is to me. The big issue is that it’s kind of hard to establish a family unit when you have someone else thrown into the mix. I realize they’ve been friends since middle school….but I haven’t been. Where he feels totally comfortable, I do not.

I want to clean my house, go away, and have it still be clean when I come home. I want to have everything arranged and decorated the way I want it. I’ve always been addicted to organizing, but I’ve kind of given up here. I spend all day getting things in order, and it stays clean for MAYBE a day. It drives me crazy….and the hormones make it worse. It just makes me more emotional, more overwhelmed, and more tired.

I know all of this will pass. Two and a half more months (that are passing way too slowly) and this place will be history. David and I will have our family. He can go out and hangout with friends….but our home will not have a “bachelor pad” atmosphere. Family will become more important than it has ever been….and I really like that.

We’re both SO excited about this baby….who we have dubbed Baby Boot if it’s a girl (since David calls me boot) or Baby Monkey if it’s a boy (since I call David Monkey). I will just be glad when this part is over and I can feel normal again. I didn’t mean to be so heavy in this post, but this is where I am right now….and I have to say, it feels good to finally be able to talk about it. I already feel better.🙂

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