Random Thoughts. . . . .

just a few very random things swirling around in my brain!

  • BRAD GOT TO FEEL THE BABY LAST NIGHT! I was laying in bed reading and she was going nuts! Brad got in bed and I scooted over closer to him and put his hand on my belly, my little bit of movement made her stop. I told him, leave your hand there or you’ll be sorry. After about 30 seconds she started going crazy in there again and he got to feel kicks, twists, punches, rolls, for about 5 minutes before she settled back down! yay!
  • I ordered Brad’s anniversary gift on Tuesday. I HOPE that it gets here on time (our anniversary is the 7th) because I had to fax in my order since their website was acting up.
  • I would love to recreate our wedding cake (well, the flavor at least) for our anniversary dinner. We had a pumpkin spice cake.
  • There is a problem with this. Our wonderful Safe.way does not sell pumpkin until just before Thanksgiving! Stupid!
  • We had Pot Roast for dinner last night, it was delicious!
  • I have been thinking of ways to make sharing a bedroom easier once we transition the new baby in to Ella’s room. Well, I want to put a dresser in their closet for more clothing storage, and I am in LOVE with this one!
  • My Sister in Law and I have been talking about her and my Brother In Law coming out to visit for Thanksgiving. They bought their tickets last week so it’s now official! I’m so excited and cannot wait for them to come out!
  • We are done nursing! Ella stopped about 2 weeks ago so we made it to 19 1/2 months! I’m so glad that we lasted as long as we did and I’m also glad that I get my boobs back for a little bit before “A” makes her arrival. Although, for my glorious one week of being dry (there was pretty much nothing left when Ella decided to quit) I am leaking already in preperation for “A”! Agh!
  • Ella goes to gymnastics with school once a week and LOVES it! She comes home and tells us about her teacher at gymnastics and singing the songs for the games they play, and tells us about “pa-shoowt” time (parachute time). Here are a few pictures we’ve gotten from her teachers.
  • Again this morning when i dropped Ella off her newest teacher was telling me how amazing her vocabulary was compared to the 2 years olds. I tell her how smart she is every day! It’s nice to hear from other people too!

Hump Day Bump Day: 21 Weeks!

Your Baby: Week 21

Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they’ve already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.
      Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now, and if you’re having a girl, her vagina has begun to form as well.

This week has been amazing! We found out we were expecting our little Girl and Ella is over the moon about it! Ella has since suggested the name “Peek-A-Boo” but we have tabled both Peek-A-Boo and Twinkle as we have decided on a name! Although, I’m not quite ready to reveal it until the middle name is decided once more. You see, when we found out we were blessed to be expecting again we said from the get go that if baby was a boy he would be given Brads middle name as his middle name and same would go for a girl, her middle name would be my middle name. Well, my husband (and his family really) seem to be in to themes, me, not so much. I like my middle name, I wanted to give it to Ella but there was an argument, so you can bet I’m putting up a fight this time around. It seems that since we have decided on a 2 syllable first name for this baby that Brad would now like a 1 syllable middle name since Ella is Ella Lynn, 2 syllables, 1 syllable. I think this is dumb a little silly and think we should go with what we had originally decided. Anyway! Once the middle name drama is out of the way, I will tell you all her name.

How Far Along: 21 Weeks Over the halfway mark which freaks Brad out a little. Haha!
Total Weight Gain: 9 lbs as of last weeks Dr.’s appointment
Maternity Clothes: Yes, and some cute ones at that.
Sleep: I go back and forth between dead to the world and insomnia has kicked in big time!
Stretch Marks: No new ones
Best Moment this Week: The weekend was awesome family time!
Movement: Every day, Ella got to feel a couple of strong kicks the other day, she didn’t quite know what to make of it.
Food Cravings: Nothing really stands out this week.
Gender: Girl! Little “A” is on her way!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button; In or out: In
What I Miss: As of right now, not a lot!
What I’m looking forward to: Watching Ella with her little sister!
Weekly Wisdom: Pregnancy is the most amazing experience, do not take it for granted!

And for the belly pic, here I am in all my 21 week glory! In a fragment of the mirror that is left! =)

Fun Fact for the Day: The belly only looks huge because I have no boobs. 😉

Phew!

I meant to write something about our fun filled weekend, yesterday. At 11 the IT department came over and said they were giving us new computers, wouldn’t take long at all. 5 hours later, i had my work station back! What did I do all day? Nothing really. Haha, I told my boss I could either sit around and do nothing and get paid or run in to town and get some errands done, he chose the latter. =)
This past weekend was AWESOME! On Friday Ella and I met up with some good friends and rode the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Ella loved it! (Excuse the picture quality, my charger is still MIA so I had to use the old Point .and. Shoot until my new one arrived yesterday!)

Waiting for the train
All Aboard!

The scenery was GORGEOUS!

There were some cool old trains off to the side of the tracks.

Going under the old Trestle that we’d just gone over was amazing!

And we even got a picture with the Conductor!
It was a gorgeous Day and perfect for just being outside and taking in the day! After our train ride we headed to the Silverthorne Outlets and did a little shopping and headed home. It was a LONG day for Ella. After we got home we went over to some friends house for a Winter Solstice party and stayed until about 9, Ella had a BLAST running around with all the other kids. She had so much fun that she slept until 8:45 Saturday morning! Unheard of!
Since Saturday was another beautiful day we had plans of going to walk a 10K to raise money for our friend Beth who was injured a few weeks ago. (Prayer request at the bottom) With Ella sleeping so late, that was pretty much out of the question, we’d already missed registration. So, we went to breakfast and then out for a hike of our own, which mainly consisted of finding the biggest rocks possible, and climbing them.

Then, we checked out the water some and it was time to head back towards the car, Ella was getting Sleepy, quick!

We kept the rest of Saturday low key since Sunday was going to be another long day.
We got up at 8 (thank you Ella) and headed down to Denver to go to the Just.Between.Friends Sale. We picked up a lot of winter clothes for both girls and some baby items that we didn’t have anymore and a few books and got a great deal. The only down side was checking out, we waited in line for 40 minutes, it was like herding cattle! They were not prepared for the number of people that came. The crazy thing was how insane some of these women were, you’d see people with Flat bed carts loaded with boxes full of stuff AND rolling racks full of clothes! it was insane. I mean, these people must have spent $1,000 easily! But, if they’d bought retail it would have been several thousand dollars worth of merchandise. Crazy!
Anyway, after the cattle prodding sale we headed to some friends of ours that live in the city for some grilling and some football. Ella had a great time chasing their 2 huge Great Danes around and watching our Colts lose, again! Another exhausting  awesome weekend though and I am so thankful to work a job where I work four 10 hour days and get to spend so much time with my little girl!
Prayer Request* Our friend Beth was white water rafting 3 weeks ago on the Colorado. Just about everyone who does this stretch of the river will jump off of “Jump Rock” it’s about a 40 foot drop in to the water and it is amazing! Well, Beth entered the water not quite completely vertical and by the time she swam back to the boat told the people that she was with that she couldn’t feel her feet. When they started to help her in the boat she told them she couldn’t feel her legs either. She is currently paralyzed from the waist down. The Dr.’s are waiting for swelling on her spine to go down to find out wether the damage is permanent or if she will regain feeling and movement. Please send any extra prayers you have to Beth! She’s only 27 and is a Flight Attendant who lives a very high energy lifestyle. We are all praying for the swelling to go down and for a full recovery shortly thereafter! 

Hump Day Bump Day: 20 Weeks! (Plus 1 day!)

Your Baby: Week 20

Baby’s digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation… baby’s genitals are now fully formed!
You’re at the halfway mark — congratulations! Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He’s also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel. (The way your baby is measured changes now.)

Yesterday was our 20 appointment and it was an AMAZING day! I guess our biggest announcement from the day is that were are having a GIRL! Ella called it!
Our appointment was awesome, we only had to wait a couple of minutes and went right back to the ultrasound room. The Dr. came right in and got to work. The very first thing that popped up on the screen was the “Money shot”. We were asked if we wanted to know the gender and we both said yes while Ella yelled “SISTER!”, he said he wanted to take some measurements first but that we’d look at genitals more closely in a minute. I already knew, there was nothing there, it was a girl. =)
The ultrasound seemed to just keep going we got to see both hemispheres of her brain and Dr. F pointed out all of the different parts of the brain saying it was perfect. We got to see all 4 chambers of her little heart, and that it was clearly a 3 vessel cord. We watched her play with the umbilical cord (no wonder I feel so much movement in there, kid was going crazy!) and then he went back for gender determination. It is insane how much clearer everything is on the new equipment they have. We got 2 pictures of the very distinct 3 lines that indicate a little girl. It was crazy. Dr. F said “You absolutely have another little girl coming”, Brad exclaimed “I knew it” and Ella just kept saying “Sister! Sister!” It was great. This little one weighed in at 11 Oz, a full ounce larger then Ella was at this same appointment.
I have to say, I want a little boy and I was a little sad since Brad is saying he’s only up for 2 (yeah, we had decided on 3 but then when I got pregnant with the 2nd one, he said only 2. Butthead!) I’m holding out hope though, that maybe in a couple more years he’ll decide he’d like to try for a little boy also, then we’ll just have to try to time things better. We’ll see, only God knows what’s in store for our family.
The car hunting didn’t go so well, I think my husband is mildly bipolar about some things. I’ll leave it at that. Ha!
I have to add in, this morning when I dropped Ella off at school this morning she told her favorite teacher that she was going to have a little sister. It was adorable. An hour or so later I got an e-mail from the Director of the daycare and it said, “Rachel. you would die of cuteness. Ella is telling EVERYONE about ‘My Little Sister’, to teachers, other kids, everyone. It is adorable.” I cried! haha, that little girl is so sweet!

How Far Along: 20 Weeks 1 Day
Total Weight Gain: up 9 lbs! Time to get back in to doing my prenatal exercise, don’t want to gain 40 lbs like with Ella!
Maternity clothes: I made the switch!
Sleep: Blah! I have a hard time falling asleep, and then I have a hard time staying asleep. Rinse & Repeat.
Best Moment of the Week: Ella’s reaction to finding out she was having a Sister, she was absolutely elated!
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: Nothing really noteable this week.
Gender: An amazing little girl! Now we just need to name her!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button; In or Out: In
What I miss: Nothing really, I LOVE being pregnant
What I’m Looking Forward To: Ella having a sister! My Sisters are some of my best friends and I’m SO happy Ella gets to have that!
Weekly Wisdom: I am so not feeling wise today!

No Belly pics today. I got back and first of all, there was no mirror. Turns out one of the guys was standing on the counter where the mirror lives, jumped off, and the mirror came shattering down after. Brilliance. I just love working with all boys  men!
And secondly, I went to have one of the guys take belly pictures and my camera was completely DEAD. Either myself or Brad left it on last time we used it. Who knows. So, here are a couple of (CRAP quality) u/s photos because I had to take them with my phone.

Oh yeah, we got the creepy alien pictures. Haha, He tried for like 5 minutes to get a good profile picture but she was NOT having it.
I’ll try to get Brad to take a belly picture tonight and retake some of these u/s photos to post later.

Oh the weekend.

This weekend, Ella had a blast! We had a play date at our house Friday morning, that then moved to the park, and then moved again to another friends house. By 2 O’clock Ella was zonked and didn’t even make it out of our friends driveway before she was passed out.
Saturday was a low key day. We got rid of the house guest from hell! Finally! Brad and Ella made cupcakes while I napped (glorious!), and Ella immensely enjoyed eating them!

All gone!

We then Jumped. . . . .
And practiced our Stunt riding!

Which continued in to Sunday morning

And then we went over to a friends house and watched Football the rest of the day. =)
Brad and I also tackled our first, and most likely last, vinyl wall art project.
And it’s crooked! Grrr. . . . .
And that was just about our whole weekend! Fun times!
As of tomorrow I am 20 weeks pregnant and we have our BIG ultrasound! So, if you have any last minute votes, get them in! You have until midnight tonight! As of right now, the Boys have it!

My Little Girl!

Notice I didn’t say Baby Girl, I said big girl. She will tell you all the time that she is a big girl! Too cute!
Ella has done a few things this week that I do not want to forget!

  • She is a social butterfly, she sees her friends and she wants to be with them. Just this morning I went to drop her off at school (Monday was a dramatic drop off) and one of her friends was upset when she got there. She had me put her down, said “Mommy, milk please” (unheard of! She usually screams “Milky Milky Milky”), went and sat by him and just started talking to him. He perked right up and they were off playing in no time. So cute!
  • Ella is obsessed, I mean OBSESSED, with Band.aids. If she sees one, she immediately says “Owie” and hands you the band .aid to open for her and she will put it somewhere on her owie. Well, I always ask if she needs kisses for her owies and she always gives me an enthusiastic Yes! Well, for the past week or so she will take off her band aid and put it on mommies arm and then say “Kiss” and will kiss my owie. OMG, I melt a little when she does this!
  • She has totally gotten the concept that there is a baby in my belly. She ran up the other day out of nowhere and wanted in my lap. I pulled her up in my lap and she put her hands on my crotch lower belly and said “Hi Baby!” and then rested her head on my tummy. OMG, I melted a LOT on this one.
  • We got a random catalog in the mail the other day for kids stuff, she saw it and started flipping through and there was a picture of a kid in a Elmo costume (the obsession lives on!). She started pointing “Mommy, Elmo! Elmo! Elmo!” going on and on. I told her we already had her costume and weren’t going to spend another $40 on an Elmo one. She wanted to see her costume, and well, here’s a little halloween preview!

My little Cupcake!

Hump Day Bump Day: 19 Weeks!

Your Baby: Week 19



Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby’s skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces, and measures 6 inches, head to bottom. The hair on her scalp is sprouting. This is a crucial time for sensory development: Your baby’s brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

What a fun week it has been (aside from the Cassidy news) Ella has been so loving and sweet and this baby in my belly is having daily dance parties. Movement is getting SO strong already, but still the baby stops moving when I call Brad over to feel kicks. Haha. We are only a week away from our big u/s and I cannot wait for everything that it offers. Seeing the 4 chambers of the heart, the brain hemispheres, gender, everything. It will just be such an exciting day! After our u/s we’re going to head to the city and look at cars. Brad has a little 2 seater Ran.ger that just will not work when it’s him and 2 kids. We have it narrowed down to our top 2 choices but we just want to go look at one of each and see which option will work better for our family (and Brad, since it will be his vehicle) so that we can start looking for the best options & prices out there. Wish us luck that one vehicle will stand out over the other as to what is best for our family! So, my Hump Day Bump Day post will probably not come out until Thursday so that I can update you on appointments and cars! Fun stuff.

How Far Along: 19 Weeks, almost half way there!
Total Weight Gain: I find out next week.
Maternity clothes: Still just shirts, but I walk around with my pants unbuttoned all day. Haha, I pulled out my maternity pants and threw them in the wash this morning so in the next couple of days I’m making the transition!
Sleep: Not great; The houseguest from Hell is still there. Saturday morning cannot come fast enough!
Best Moment this week: All of the movement and all of the loves from Ella (a post coming soon about her new things she does!)
Movement: Every day! And getting so much stronger every day, sometimes it really catches me off guard.
Food Cravings: Chinese, Seafood (mmm. . . .Crab Legs), and Sushi! Haha, don’t ask!
Gender: 1 Week until we know! Get your votes in now! Having mixed feelings, will post about them soon, just don’t want to get slapped!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button; In or Out: In
What I miss: A glass of wine every now and then.
What I’m looking forward to: Bringing this new life in to our family! So exciting!
Weekly Wisdom: Kids are awesome, soak it all in!

"Hey Ella"

My conversation with Ella Saturday morning went like this:
Me: Ella, if this baby is a boy should we name him _______?
Ella: Yes! (And then starts to clap)
Me: If this baby is a girl should we name her ______?
Ella: No!
Me: Oh, well then should we name her _______?
Ella: No!
Me: Well, what should we name her then?
Ella: Twinkle!

Oh yes, this kid LOVES Twinkle.Twinkle.Little.Star and we have to sing it all the time and she will do the hand movements! Ha! Awesome!

The Rollercoaster Weekend

Friday started out nice, Ella was in an excellent mood and being super lovey. We went to the park and played for a bit, got our grocery shopping done, and then it was time to take Cassidy to the vet. Our almost 10 year old lab mix had a lump on her hip and we wanted to make sure of what it was, fingers were crossed that it was another “Fatty Cyst”.
We got there and as soon as the Dr. touched her she was on the floor whining, my heart sank. He said he wanted to do a couple of pokes to see what came out of it, if it was a clear oily substance we were in the clear and it was just a large fatty cyst, anything else wasn’t a positive sign. Ella did NOT like when he brought needles towards Cassidy so I had to distract her but before I even saw what was in the syringe I heard him say “This doesn’t feel good” and my heart sank even more. I looked over to see blood in the syringe and he said it’s absolutely a muscley tissue not a cyst. So, Cassidy has a tumor. We now have a few options. 1. Do nothing. He said it would at least double in size within 6 months to a year. 2. Cut it out and see if it grows back. 3. Cut it out and send it down to be biopsied to see if it’s Benign or Malignant. He did say we’ve been excellent customers ever since Cassidy was a puppy and he would try to keep costs as low as possible for us no matter what route we chose to go. The worst part was having to call Brad and tell him all of this, he’s kind of in denial, it was miserable.
So, needless to say, the 2nd half of Friday was pretty much a downer. Saturday, we really didn’t do much, we went out for breakfast and played a little bit at home, then Brad and Ella each took 3 hour naps while I caught up on my trash TV. Ha! That literally summed up our Saturday.
Sunday was 9/11. Brad and I were glued to the TV in the morning watching the memorial services and I just cried. We had to get out of the house so we went on a couple of nice trail walks and then grabbed some lunch before coming home for Ella (and Brad) to nap. I had to head in to work for a bit to make up some hours but then came home and we were just able to play. Brad and I recorded the documentary “9/11 10 Years Later” to watch after Ella had gone to bed. It was amazing! So much footage from inside the buildings and to hear what these firefighters are going through now fighting for their lives 10 years later because of early onset cancers from breathing in all of the toxins at ground zero. It was gut wrenching to watch but absolutely amazing. I thank God every day for being born in a country that honors freedom for all and can come together after such heart breaking attacks to literally be One Nation Under God.

Here are some pictures and a video from our walk.

And excuse the horrible quality of the video, I forgot my camer so all we had was Brad’s phone.

The houseguest from hell!!!!!

So a couple of weeks ago a friend of ours that we work with brought up that he was kenneling his dog while he was out of town for 10 days. Brad, being the nice guy that he is said Save your money, we’d be happy to watch him. (hoping that he’ll also come watch our dogs when we’re home next month!) Well, boy am I ready to murder that dog already!
He was dropped off at our house on Tuesday at about 8 pm. All we knew was that he was a 7 year old blue heeler cross. Blue heeler crossed with a HORSE! this dog is at least 100 lbs. He seems pretty gentle but I was already annoyed with him the first night.
Tuesday Night to Wednesday Morning: Barks intermittently throughout the night and in between bark fests feels the need to come in and lick me SEVERAL different times!
Wednesday during the day: We have to work and it is raining freezing cold rain so he’s inside all day. I come home and head to Ella’s room to start her laundry. He had PEED on her floor!
Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning: The intermittent barking continues, the licking continues, and at 2:45 this morning he decided to PEE on our bedroom floor. I was ready to murder him! I don’t know what we’re going to do if he keeps up like this, it’s ridiculous!
2 Days down, 8 freaking more to go! FML!