Thursday, July 31, 2008

Couple of giggles for the day

My first giggle actually came from yesterday, but I thought it earned a spot in the giggle-hall-of-fame (maybe I'll start one of those and everyone can add their funniest moments and then we can all laugh until we pee). Kadin was awake from his nap and talking to himself, just waiting for me to come and get him. I went in and said "hello", he looked up at me and said "mommy, stinky poo-poo (the phrase Mom Sherwood taught him which he nows uses all the time to tell me the status of his diapers). I tell him not to worry, we'll get the stinky poo-poo cleaned up. This had all occured before I had gotten around the corner of the crib and saw him (if you can tell where this is leading up to; just wait, there is a twist!). As I came into view I saw him sitting down holding up his hands and he clarified "Mommy, stinky poo-poo hands" Somehow he had managed to get poop all over his hands. I whisked him out of bed, over to the sink and washed the nastiness all off. Then I went back and checked his bed for more stinky poo-poo but, and here's the twist, there was none. His blankets, all three of them, his two stuffed animals, and his pillow were all pristinely clean! I could not figure out how the little Houdini did it! He's a tricky one!

The other giggle happened this afternoon when I was at my mom's house. Kadin asked for a yogurt and Devin was picked to get one since he was closest to the fridge. After much rooting around and struggle, he got a yogurt . . . . and then dropped a container of bluberries all over the floor. We all just looked for a second, you know the surprised shocked look of a fairly large mess being made, and then at the top of his voice Kadin yells out "OH CRAP" and not just once, but several times in rapid succession. "OH CRAP, OH CRAP, OH CRAP!" I was stunned, amused and a little embarassed (not too much because it was with my mom and brother). I tried to swallow my laughter and tell Kadin that we say whoop-e-doo when we drop things. But he seemed much happier when he let the c-word fly. So I apologize in advance if he ever offends your ears with this statement, I am trying to teach him social appropriateness and all of that, but it could take some time.

I got asked a couple questions about my pregnancy since I wrote about it last time. I am 15 weeks pregnant and am finally starting to gain weight! It's the craziest thing, but the best diet I have ever been on is when I am pregnant. It's not because I am not eating because I really don't get horribly morning sick and usually can eat normally. For some reason I drop about 10 pounds during the first trimester and then it starts creeping back after that. So I am really happy that the numbers on the scale are beginning to climb (this will probably be the only time that I am going to say that!). So far, everything is going really well. I am still a high-risk pregnancy because of everything else rocking around in my body, but I have the same great doctor I had last time and we have the added benefit of being able to look back at Kadin's pregnancy to give us a guide of what we can reasonably expect this time around. We are hoping for smooth sailing, like last time, and hoping to avoid, but planning for just in case, some bed rest towards the end. So far, everything is going well. All my lab tests have come back completely normal and the two ultrasounds we've gotten thus far show nothing but good things. We go back on the 27th to get the "big" ultrasound, when we find out what we are going to have. But all in all, I am doing well and feeling pretty good, all things considered.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Loving summer

As I type this I am sitting in our back doorway watching Kadin play with his sand table and absolutely loving the gorgeous weather today! It is sunny and warm, perfect for sitting out and relaxing in the sunshine!

We went to visit Jeremy's grandparents this weekend in Moses Lake Washington. I had never been and we wanted to make sure Kadin got a chance to get to know them a little bit and spend some time with them. Jeremy's parents and brother's family came too, so it was great to have a bunch of family all together. Kadin got to ride in Jason and Andi's van (THANK YOU!) so he could watch movies and be with his cousins. He loved every minute of it; I told Andi I thought we would have to move in with them after this weekend because Kadin wasn't going to let them out of his sight! Once we got there, it was great to let the kids out and run in Grandma's big yard. We set up a wading pool for them to play in, they played ball, it was great fun. Kadin was so exhausted after so much fun that by the end of the night he was the one telling us that it was time for him to go to bed!

We were a little bit worried about how he would do sleeping in a different place (he is a creature of habit and gets pretty upset when things don't go like he is used to), but he slept pretty well for a couple hours. Then he was up and cranky, so Jeremy took him for a drive. That conked him out until about 3 and then up we went again. After rocking and walking, we finally got him asleep again and laid him in bed with us. The problem with that was that he took up half the bed and Jeremy and I were so afraid to wake him again that we didn't get anymore sleep being all cramped up on the other half!

Other than sleeping problems, we had a great time! Moses Lake has a great water park that we took the kids to on Saturday and had a great time. It was one of those that starts out super shallow and slowly gets deeper so the kids could walk on their own for quite a while. That was great until Kadin's independent streak kicked in and he decided that he should be able to walk on his own ANYWHERE in the pool, including the deep end. We had a couple slips and scares, but overall it was an awesome time!

So glad we got to go and spend time with Grandma and Grandpa and family! Love you all tons!

One more fun piece of news: Jeremy and I are expecting our second baby! He/she is due around Jan 22nd (although everyone is betting we will go early like last time, let's hope not though!) and we are really excited about it! I have started to tell Kadin about the baby in Mommy's tummy and he got to come to my doctor's appointment today and hear the heartbeat. I don't know how much of it he really comprehends (not much I am sure), but I'm sure as I get bigger and we start bringing out the baby stuff again, he'll figure it out a little bit more!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Home again, Home again

After a week of lounging around, seeing beautiful sights, eating more decadent food than I previously thought possible . . . . it's back to reality. It's amazing how fast I got used to having food ready whenever I wanted it, and tons of options to choose from so no matter what I was in the mood for, it was there! My bed was always made when I got back to the room from breakfast. After eating did I want to read, go swimming, play ping-pong, gamble away my money in the slot machines, go to an art auction, or learn how to fold towels into cute little animals? I could do anything, anytime, and most of it involved food. Oh the food!!!!! I cannot say enough about the food. We could have been cruising through the podunk backwater of some swamp and if the food was still as good, I would have been thrilled to be there! Breakfast and lunch were pretty casual, but still amazing. Tons of choices; Italian, Salad Bar, Sandwich shop, outdoor grill, Chinese Wok, bistro . . . .you could eat 24/7 and still never eat everything they offered. But dinner, oh dinner, was where it was really amazing. We ate four course dinners every night, with appetizers like rock crab artichoke dip, Beef carpaccio, tuna tartare, crab cakes .. . . . . all pretty amazing. Soups and salads like mixed berry soup, Gold Rush soup (tomato on steriods), Greek salad . . . . yum again! If you weren't stuffed by this time then make room for duck al' orange, New York Steak, Surf and Turf, lamb shank, Rock fish, scallops. Top it off with dessert like mixed berry crisp, creme brulee, mango sundae. It was quite a letdown to have to go back to regular food after that. But I have to say that I am glad to get back to regular food because if I ate like that all the time, I would weigh 300 pounds in about a month!

The rest of the cruise was amazing. We got to see great cities, really interesting historical sites and the excursions were amazing. We got to hike a glacier and I DID IT!!!! I was really worried because they said it was a 2 hour hike and you needed to be in good physical shape to handle the rough terrain and low-level ice climbing skills. But I did great! I huffed and puffed a couple times, but I kept up and did it all really well! I think that was the highlight of the trip for me, was accomplishing something that I was really scared I wouldn't be able to do.

But like every vacation, this week of gluttony and sloth came to an end. And I was glad to see it end. As nice as it was to be on a adult schedule, I missed Kadin ALOT by the end of the week. There was a little 1 1/2 year old girl dancing in one of the night clubs in a princess dress on formal night. Just watching her bop around in her sparkly dress and feel the joy just pouring out of her, it just about made me cry. I missed my little man and his joy.

Coming back to see him was so great. He had his usual giant smile and couldn't wait to jump up for a big hug and to tell me all about the fun things that he had been doing while we had been gone. He had the greatest time at Grandma and Grandpa's house, but he was also pretty excited that we were back and were all going to be going home together. It was such a great feeling of completeness when it was the three of us again.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Amazed at myself

It's only Tuesday and I am already kicking butt at getting everything on my "to-do" list crossed off! I am very nearly packed, just little bits and pieces to pull together. My laundry pile is at an all time low, I think just one more load until it is down to just the clothes we are wearing right now! I got most of the errand running done, getting the extras we'll need for our trip and stocking up on Kadin essentials like milk and diapers. Now all that is left is one more doctor's appointment (the first two went great, got the thumbs-up on both accounts), final packing and getting the house cleaned up! I could make it through this week without going completely insane!