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Cullen’s Baby Shower

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Cullen’s shower had been rescheduled from December to early January after been postponed due to weather issues. I’m glad that we were able to have it and I could actually attend. I missed Maddie’s shower since I was in the hospital with a kidney stone. This shower was non-traditional with friends signing up to bring us meals as their gifts. It was wonderful! Click on the photo to see the rest of the album.

The Sunday Somethings, 10jan10

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Something that made me happy this week: I actually managed to attend my baby shower! My friend Shannon (Paolo’s mommy) had a great idea to throw us a meals shower. She and Shannon (Keira’s mommy) co-hosted the event. It was wonderful. We have many friends signed up to bring us meals after the baby arrives. I remember how helpful that was when Maddie was born, and I look forward to trying out so many new dishes.

Something I’m thinking: We’re getting closer to being “ready” for baby boy. I’ll feel more prepared once we reconfigure the seats in the van, move Maddie’s car seat (turning it forward facing), and install baby boy’s car seat bases (in both cars). Gabe hopes to do that early this week.

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to get a few more days to “get things done” before the baby gets here, though I feel confident that we can care for his basic needs upon arrival.

Something happening around the house: We had guests this weekend. My mom was in town for the shower, and my friend Catherine and her son were here for the shower and photoshoot. Catherine took photos of my belly today. I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

Something I’m reading: I finished and recommend Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s. I started reading the second book in the Septimus Heap series, Flyte.

Something tasty I ate this week: This week, I’ll mention something tasty I drank this week…the punch at the shower was very good! I don’t usually go for the creamy punches, but this one was fabulous. I hope to get the recipe from Shannon (Keira’s mommy) and post it here.

Something Maddie did this week: We had a fairly major event (as far as Mommy is concerned) this week. Due to various circumstances, I found myself at work with the car without the car seat. Gabe was planning to get Maddie since I had plans after work. Plans changed slightly, and Shannon (Keira’s mommy) was going to meet me at my house right after work and drive me around. Since she had a car seat in her car, and it would save Gabe and extra trip, Maddie rode in Shannon’s car. Without her Mommy or Daddy. This is a big deal for me! Apparently, it was a really big deal for Maddie, too. She has been talking about it for days, “I rode in Shannon’s car and played with toys.” She has repeated this over and over. I’m glad that the drive went so well as we may need to call on Shannon to pick up or take Maddie to daycare, depending on when baby boy decides to make his appearance.

Something happening with the pregnancy: We are going to the doctor weekly. I haven’t met all the doctors in the new practice yet, so they are trying to get me in with different ones each week. This week, I met the newest doctor to the practice. She just started this week. She was very nice and thorough. She’s already one of my favorites. While she was measuring and feeling around my belly, she took a step back and asked, “How big was your first baby??” When I answered that Maddie was 8 lbs, 2 oz at birth, she said, “This baby isn’t going to be any smaller!” I figured this, but it’s another thing for the doctor to inform me of that! We’re expecting a big baby, especially as we get closer and closer to the due date. Oh, and the baby is officially “full term” (37 weeks). Two weeks, 5 days until the due date.

Something I struggled with this week: Putting on my socks and tying my shoes.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I managed to work on Volume 2 of the 2009 photobooks this week. I took a vacation day on Friday primarily to do this. I hope to take another one this week to get some more done. I also would love to finish Maddie’s mural…but I don’t know if that’s going to happen!

Something I learned this week: Maddie is cutting another tooth. So far, she has her two bottom molars and she’s cutting at least one of the top molars. The new tooth on the top makes her 11th. She may be getting both of the top ones, but she won’t let me poke around her mouth too much (and it’s too hard to see the top ones!).

Something I’m looking forward to next week: We have some dinners with friends, a slumber party, and a birthday party.

Something random: Gabe thinks I put too many marshmellows in my hot chocolate, but I think there’s no such thing as “too many marshmellows.” And hot chocolate, YUM!

Something captured: My lovely co-hosts and me at the shower yesterday.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 03jan10

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Something that made me happy this week: Spending time with my sweet little girl. It’s been a good week! She has been a lot of fun to be around.

Something I’m thinking: Is today really the last day of the vacation? I’m so sad!

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping to get a few things done today. I’ve been working on photos…maybe I can get those all up-to-date on the website this week.

Something happening around the house: We had our New Year’s Eve games night. We had a lot of fun, though I’m not sure we’ll have another games night for a while…

Something I’m reading: I finished Magyk, the first book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. I started reading Look Me in the Eye which is January’s book club pick.

Something tasty I ate this week: I’ve posted two recipes that I tried out over the holiday break: Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole and Hannah’s Cheese Ball. YUM!

Something Maddie did this week: Maddie told her first joke this week. I spilled my Dr. Pepper during lunch the other day, and I was talking to Maddie as I cleaned up the mess. I said, “I spilled my Dr. Pepper everywhere! It’s on my pants, my shoes, and the floor!” Maddie said, “on your head??” and giggled about it. Too funny. Since then, she has mentioned the incident a few times. “Dr. Pepper on your head?” Yesterday, she also added with a laugh, “Goldfish on my knee!” In a side note, I love how she says “Dr. Pepper” – it sounds like “doc-tuh pep-puh.”

Something happening with the pregnancy: We had another boring appointment last week (boring is good!). The next appointment is Tuesday, and we’re now going every week. Baby boy will be full term on Friday. I can’t believe how close we’re getting now. Just a little longer baby boy…please stay in the belly just a little longer.

Something I struggled with this week: Maddie was an angel for most of the week, but she had a few rough moments with her teething. Those molars are huge! They look quite painful.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I worked on our family’s 2009 photobooks. I’ve finished Volume 1 (yes, I have to do two volumes – have you seen the number of photos that we have?). It’s my goal to finish Volume 2 before the baby arrives…otherwise, I don’t know when it will get done!

Something I learned this week: I learned that our plates have decreased in price at Replacements Ltd. Last time I checked on them, they were really expensive. Now they are just slightly expensive. Since Gabe broke a plate yesterday, I think we’ll order a few replacements. Maddie let everyone know, “Daddy broke a plate.” Over and over and over. She must have repeated it 50 times. We’ve been meaning to order replacement dishes since moving into the house since the movers broke a few.

Something I’m looking forward to next week: Dare I say that I’m looking forward to the rescheduled shower???

Something random: Ooh, the premiere of Chuck is this coming weekend! Woohoo!

Something captured: Maddie on her new bike that she got for Christmas from her grandparents.

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

The Sunday Somethings, 20dec09

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Something that made me happy this week: Getting cards in the mail! I love getting cards.

Something I’m thinking: Maddie is 22 months old today.

Something I’m hoping: I’m hoping that I feel better tomorrow. I have felt awful all day with congestion, headache, and a sore throat. Today was not a good day for any of us. Maddie didn’t nap, Gabe’s Bengals lost, and I was feeling miserable.

Something happening around the house: The cleaners came on Friday, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the house this evening. I don’t know how we go from clean to disaster so quickly.

Something I’m reading: I started reading The Help again. I had started it before getting back to Loving Frank. The Help is our book club’s March selection, although I’m not sure I’ll be able to make it to any of the next three meetings. I still wanted to keep up with the books, if possible!

Something tasty I ate this week: I had lots of tasty treats from the goodie table at work this week. Yes, we have an entire week of grazing in our group.

Something Maddie did this week: For most of the past week, we have taken Maddie up to her room for bedtime and put her in the crib. After she arranges her “buddies” on their tummies and tells each of them “good night,” we cover her with a light blanket. Then we’ve literally been able to say, “good night” and walk out of the room. Most nights, we have not heard a peep from her after this new ritual. After nearly two years of bedtime struggles, this is amazing! Now if we can just get her to sleep through the night…although if I had to pick between the two feats, I’d pick the struggle free bedtime over sleeping through the night. We have had many, many times where it took us HOURS to get her to sleep at night. This is a welcome change.

Something happening with the pregnancy: We had another appointment this week – the 34 week appointment. Wow, time is really flying. The appointment went well. My blood pressure is fine this time (I had issues with this in the last pregnancy). I have less swelling, though I had some pretty bad swelling on both Thursday and Friday. Yesterday was better as I stayed off my feet as much as I could. Just a little over a week until my next appointment, and then we’ll be going every week or more often until the baby arrives.

Something I struggled with this week: Stupid weather canceled both my shower and maternity session. Now I just hope that they can happen in early January. We’ll see.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: Nothing.

Something I learned this week: One of Maddie’s molars has broken through her gums! I’m not sure when that happened exactly, but I’m sure that she had plenty of cranky moments that can now be explained. This makes 9 teeth for Miss Maddie.

Something I’m looking forward to next week: Christmas!!!

Something random: During my last pregnancy, I missed my shower due to a kidney stone. Yesterday’s shower was postponed due to the weather. I’m hoping that I can make it to the rescheduled event, though I’m not going to hold my breath just yet. Aside from it being in the middle of winter, it will be less than 3 weeks from my due date. My mom never had a baby shower. I arrived a month early on the day that she was supposed to attend her shower for me.

Something captured: Our Christmas tree!

Others writing The Sunday Somethings: Audrey

Melisa’s Baby Shower photos

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I threw a baby shower for my friend Melisa whose baby is due around Maddie’s first birthday. My showers always have to have some sort of theme, of course. Melisa’s was children’s books. I had been to a shower where everyone brought their favorite children’s book in addition to regular gifts, and I thought that this was a fabulous idea. My co-host, Cindy, and I belong to the same book club as Melisa, so it fit perfectly. My friend Kara (also in the book club) made the awesome stack of books cake and I had Whimsical Cookies create the story book favors. Everything turned out so well! Click on the photo to view the rest of the photos.

More random things about me

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I felt inspired to write another list. I am really enjoying reading everyone’s lists on Facebook!!! They keep making me think of more things that I could have written, so I’m going to do it. It’s my blog, and I’ll do what I want. So, I’ve decided to post another 25 Random Things About Me.

  1. I’m excited that Gabe is actually working on his 25 things list. I really didn’t think that he would. I can’t wait to see what he has on his list!
  2. I like dogs…other people’s dogs. I have fond memories of my childhood dogs, and I enjoy my parents and sister’s dogs. I do not want my own dogs. I don’t want the responsibility of a pet. Cats are out of the question as I am allergic.
  3. I could *possibly* be convinced to get a small dog later for my kids, but I’m not planning on it. I know that no matter what they say, I’ll be the one that has to take care of it.
  4. If we get a gerbil, I will make sure that we get ONE gerbil or two same sex gerbils. My sister had gerbils when we were younger. We started with two. We ended up with hundreds of gerbils over the years. At one point, my sister’s room had over 120 gerbils. I’m not exaggerating. True story.
  5. I took art lessons when I was a kid. I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, just like my Aunt Frances. I still have a few pieces of my artwork.
  6. I also thought it would be cool to be an archaeologist. The digs and study of ancient people sounded neat to me. I’m way more fascinated with ancient history than modern history.
  7. Around the time that I was training for the triathlon, I decided to be a vegetarian. It felt healthier. I can’t remember how long this lasted, but I want to say it was around a year or so.
  8. According to the Myers Briggs personality test, I’m always an extreme extrovert – almost 100% on their little scale. This does not mean that I like public speaking or to be put on the spot in any situation unless I’m very prepared and know exactly what I’m going to say. I cringe when everyone has to introduce themselves and say a few words in a large group setting and desperately hope I don’t have to go first.
  9. The only time that I have spent the night in the hospital in my adult life (aside from giving birth to Maddie) was last year for my kidney stone when I was 8 months pregnant. I missed my own baby shower, though I hear it was awesome.
  10. I said multiple times that I would never, ever co-sleep with my child as recently as when Maddie was 4 months old. Maddie spends the majority of the night in our bed. It works great for our family, though I look forward to when Maddie regularly sleeps through the night. For now, I’m enjoying the extra closeness that I have with my daughter.
  11. I started having intermittent night terrors in college. I think that I will save this for a separate post. It’s kinda like a combination between sleep walking, talking in your sleep, and a panic attack.
  12. New Zealand, Greece, Egypt, and Italy are near the top of my travel list. I think it would be neat to go to Antarctica, though I doubt that I will. I would like to see most of Europe. The only countries outside of the US that I have visited are Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico. Mexico barely counts as I only crossed the border into Tijuana.
  13. I want to see the world, but I am a little nervous about visiting non-English speaking countries without some sort of guide or tour. I am also scared to drive a car in a foreign country.
  14. I have a fear of heights especially when there’s an open railing or floor to ceiling glass. Somehow I have always loved rollercoasters, airplanes never bothered me until recently, and I’ve done those really high free fall and swing things that you see at amusement parks. I’ll have to admit that those scared me every time, but it was awesome! After the third time, the falling was not as exciting and not worth the fear and anticipation. I won’t do it again. Somehow, I walked on the glass floor at the CN tower and even laid face down and looked at the tiny people below me. It was a little scary, but I had to trust the engineering. I loved rappelling the few times that I have tried it. I want to try bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, and skydiving, but I might be too chicken. Time will tell.
  15. I laugh easily. I’m not a bad person to have around if you need someone to laugh at your jokes. I might be a bad person to have around if you don’t like people laughing at you now and again. I can’t help it. I find a vast array of things to be funny.
  16. I’m particular about where I need to sit at a table in a restaurant. I think I need to face the majority of the restaurant with special emphasis on the exits. It’s more complicated than that, but I think that’s the general idea. I also have a strong preference for which bed and side of the bed to sleep on in a hotel room. For both, I feel unease if I’m not in the right spot.
  17. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the fall colors and temperature change.
  18. I have never broken any bones. I am a little superstitious about stating this. Guess I better knock on wood.
  19. I will pick up pennies (or any coins, really) that I see on the ground as long as they are showing heads. I admit to occasionally kicking coins until they flip over so that they are safe to pick up.
  20. I make every effort to not walk under ladders or step on cracks, yet I have no issues with the number 13. My birthday is on the 13th. Friday the 13th does not phase me.
  21. I have a hitchhiker’s thumb. My thumbs bend backwards a full 90 degrees. This sometimes creeps people out a little bit. One day, Gabe got very concerned about what had happened to Maddie’s thumbs. Turns out that she also has the hitchhiker’s thumb. Awesome!
  22. I can not only roll my tongue, but I can cloverleaf it as well.
  23. I owned a Galaga classic upright arcade game for almost 6 years. It got to be a bit flaky, and I didn’t know anything about fixing old arcade games. I sold it before we sold the old house. I miss it. I would have kept it much longer if it had functioned properly.
  24. I wrote my first computer programs when I was 6 years old. I wrote programs throughout my grade school years in BASIC, LOGO (go turtle go!), and later Visual Basic. It didn’t occur to me to pursue a career in computer science until I toured the computer science department at NC State’s Open House as a senior in high school.
  25. I met my friend Melissa in 3rd grade. We became friends after I asked her on a bathroom break if she would be my best friend. Life was simple then. Her family brainwashed me into being an NC State fan. Melissa and I decided in 4th grade that we were both going to go to NC State and we were going to be roommates. About nine years later, we did just that. We’ve been friends now for about 25 years!

Children’s Books Quiz – The Answers!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The other day, I posted the Children’s Book Quiz. As promised, I have now posted the answers.

How many of these children’s books can you name?

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I cohosted a baby shower on Saturday that had a children’s book theme. My cohost and the mother-to-be are all in the same book club, so we felt that it was an appropriate theme! As part of the shower activities, I took 20 book covers and photoshopped out the titles. Can you name these children’s books? At least one person knew all but one book cover at the shower. I’ll post the answers in a few days. Click on the cover below to get to the quiz thumbnails, and click on each cover to see the larger photo.

You’ve got the cutest little…baby legs!

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

We had so many clothes for Maddie from yard sales, our baby shower gifts, other gifts from family and friends, and generous hand-me-downs from friends. Most of these clothes were in smaller sizes, and recently Maddie finally needed clothes for the first time. I have been excited about shopping for her! The biggest challenge in developing Maddie’s wardrobe is her mobility. She’s crawling and cruising all over the place. She can’t wear the footie sleepers or fancy dresses to play as they just get in her way and make her very frustrated.

Catherine (our talented photographer friend) had given Maddie some Baby Legs leg warmers a while back. After talking to my friend Shannon about clothing choices for mobile babies, we decided to give them a try. They have worked very well for keeping her baby legs warm without impeding her crawling. And I think they are so cute! Shannon recommended Crawler Covers for some handmade baby leg warmers. We ordered 6 pairs, pictured at the top of this post. They are so cute! I have been pretty happy with them, though I think it would help to have more shorts or skirts to cover the gap between the onesie and the leg warmers. I will warn that some of the infant sized Crawler Covers are smaller than I anticipated. I think that Maddie could have worn the regular sized ones (and would be able to wear them longer). We have one more pair that we found at Target (not sure of the brand) that is pictured in our sneak peeks.

Here’s Maddie wearing her purple Crawler Covers leg warmers:

And here she is in her polka dotted Baby Legs:


Monday, May 19th, 2008

You may have missed some updates to the website since we have been in the process of moving to a new host. The following posts should get you up to date with the photos and such:

Maddie’s First Roadtrip Trip Report
Maddie’s First Roadtrip photos
Salisbury Shower photos
Gabe’s Work Shower photo
Photo Calendar updated
Newborn Session photos