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Saturday, November 28, 2009

I am not alone

Today, as I was sitting at my computer desk finishing a presentation for Tuesday, I stopped for a moment as the baby started moving.

It got me to thinking (really anything to keep me from finishing up my work...haha!).....

The deal is...I walk around all the time with this baby in my belly....and I feel it's movements....I gently rub my belly....and I love that feeling.

But sometimes, I take a moment to think more deeply about it....and I try to imagine the actual little baby that is all balled up in my belly. This little baby with a face...and hands...and legs....and her own little personality that will one day be a part of our lives. And something that makes it even more exciting and amazing is that I was in this position once before (with Parker) and I have seen its blessings. And so with is easier to imagine another little person running around here....while at the same time....still really having no clue.

Truly amazing. Can't really wrap my head around it....still.

But sitting here this afternoon reminded me of this poem that I had found when I was scrapbooking my pregnancy with Parker and I thought I'd share...

I am not alone

Running errands and talking on the phone,
I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone.
Little tiny hands a precious rounded knee
pushing and twisting that no one can see.
Oh sweet child kicking up your heels,
it is our little secret that only I can feel.
I look forward to your birth,
when I can kiss your skin,
but for now I will just smile,
As I feel you play within.

-Author Unknown

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Snowman

This snowman was the very first Christmas decoration Geoff and I ever bought together. We were engaged...3 months from our wedding date....he was living in our old house...I was still living at home with my mom....but it was the first year that we could decorate our house.

And it lights up, too...

Snowmen have always been one of my favorite decorations (after the nativity, of course...which Parker also seems to really like this year). Santas sometimes look kind of scary....don't you agree?

Anyway- Geoff got the Christmas decorations down for me the other day. Today, Parker discovered them. So I obliged and started to get some of them out.

This snowman was all the rage.

She loves it.

She would pick it up. I'd tell her that the snowman had to stay on the 'snow.' That bit of information wasn't too helpful.

The arms are they do come off....but still....this makes me a little nervous.

Now here's the funny part.

She has taken to this snowman so much, that she starts pretend crying {for the snowman} that she can console it.
parker and the snowman 2

Oh wait. Maybe this next part is funnier.

Here...she is literally introducing Lovey to her snowman. She was actually telling Lovey that this was the snowman and making her give it kisses, too!
parker and the snowman 1

I don't know about you....but this picture just seems kind of fortuitous to me. Who will survive the Christmas season....Parker or the snowman???

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Her Thanksgiving Craft (finally)

I have been wanting to do some sort of Thanksgiving craft, but have been putting it off until this evening!! Hey...better late than never! Right??

I found this idea here. I really liked it because it was easy....and because it has Parker's hand print on it. I decided to use the 12x12 cardstock so that I could just slip it right into her scrapbook. The plan for now is to do it again next year so we can see just how much her little hand has grown!

And you know are the pictures of her doing it, along with a 30 second video!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Me, in my scrubs.

So here it is. A picture of me in my scrubs. This is something that I had been 'planning' on doing since I first started nursing school 2 years simply take a picture of me in my scrubs. For memory's sake. But like many things....I just never got around to doing it.

But yesterday (Monday) was my last. official. day. to. ever. wear. these. scrubs. Did you hear me?? I never have to wear these scrubs again!!!! I finished my clinicals last week (as you already know), but I had to wear them on Monday because we took our class picture....the one that will be blown up and displayed in the hallways of the university along with all of the other graduating class photos for over the past 30 years. It was a calm sort of way. Just another marker/milestone in reaching the ultimate goal of graduation!!! (which is only 25 days away, in case you are wondering)

So in honor of my last. day. ever. I got Geoff to take a good-ole-fashioned-stand-in-front-of-your-fireplace-picture like we did growing up on our first day of school. You know....the ones that are so staged and you don't look your best because you kind of look awkward standing there alone....and smiling? Yep...just like the one you see above! :)

(and it would have been nice to maybe have taken this picture before I was 7 months pregnant and just barely fitting into my top because I refused to buy a bigger size for just a few short weeks)


I included the pictures below because it is one of Parker's many meltdowns recently caught on camera. The story goes like this:
  • Geoff was trying to take my picture.
  • Parker wanted to hold/play with the camera.
  • Geoff (of course) said no. Parker's feelings were so hurt.
  • She melted.
  • Mommy saved the day. Haha. ;)

Bless her heart.

We turned on Nemo and all was right with the world again.

Monday, November 23, 2009

they'll make you smile...

These next pictures will make you smile. Or at least.... they did me. (Was the previous sentence I wrote even a sentence??)

Anyway- while I was at school today, Geoff watched Payton for a couple of hours while Kristin went to the dentist. This evening, I was uploading some photos we had taken yesterday and this morning..... and was pleasantly surprised to find these. They made me laugh out loud!!! Hope you enjoy them, as well!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

One month from today....

....I have my pinning ceremony. For nursing...we get this special ceremony in which we have this nice dinner...then we are able to be 'pinned' (if you choose to get a pin... and I did) by whoever we want (I chose Geoff....:). It's supposed to be really nice and our parents are going to attend. My actual graduation is the next day, but I decided that I was not going to walk this time. Even though this degree means so much more to me than my first....I just decided not to.

Anyway....point's only ONE month away! Can't hardly even believe it. I don't even want to think about all that I've done...all that we've been through since starting this journey back in 2006 when I quit my teaching job!!


And in just two months from today......

Guess what I'll be doing??

I went to the doctor today for my 30 week check-up and because I am a repeat c-section, I had to go ahead and schedule baby #2's birth date. And that date just so happens to be 2 months from today...January 18, 2010!

As I was sitting there talking with the doctor about how this whole scheduled c-section would be...I really had no preference for a date...other than...the later the better. I want her to stay in as long as she can! But I guess because they aren't really wanting me to go into labor, they generally schedule one week ahead of your due date. My due date is January exactly one week prior is that Monday, January 18. He asked, "Is Monday good for you?" I said, "Sure!"

It actually works out kind of neat because Parker's birthday is the 18th of September. Geoff's excited about this because it will be easier for him to only have to remember the "18." Haha.

So anyway- I know these plans are all tentative as we really have no clue as to what the future holds, but these are the dates for now. I'm feeling kind of weird about it all. As much as I like to plan things....I wasn't really too excited about "planning" her birth. It's something that I think is kind of fun waiting"when will she decide to come??" Doing it this way takes some of that guesswork out. But it is what it is and I know it will all work out.

Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

been a long time gone...

So I'm not going to inundate you with all of these excuses as to why I haven't blogged in over a week.

Ok- so maybe I'll give you a few excuses:

1. Busy.
2. Busy.
3. Busy.

As I am sure all of you can relate!!

BUT.....the very, very, very, very, very, very, good news is.......that I managed to pull off working FOUR 12-hour shifts (that somehow take up approximately 15 hours of my day) over the past week.....and I am now DONE with my medical-surgical clinical. That's in OVER....NEVER have to go in.....makes me so very, very, very, very, very, very HAPPY!!

The experience wasn't all that bad....I was really blessed with 2 good preceptors to work with....and my patients weren't all that bad either.....but it was the looong hours....and the anxiety....and the being away from my family part that made me dread these clinicals so much.

But they are OVER now.

Did you get that??? They are OVER!! :)

And my husband had these waiting for me when I got home last night...
Aren't they beautiful? Lilies are my favorite. And then the roses are beautiful, too.

They are blooming so large and pretty....

Ok- so on with today.

Today- I was able to spend with Geoff (for part of the day) and Parker (for all of the day). I didn't get her down last night until 9:45 because that's about the time I got home from picking her up at my sister's.....and then she decided to get up at 7:15...which would have been fine except for the fact that she was still exhausted!

Needless to say....she wasn't the happiest of campers today....and had a few meltdowns (I stopped counting after 3). But regardless....I thoroughly enjoyed spending the time with her and taking pictures like these.....

I made blueberry pancakes this morning. I set the syrup and powdered sugar (because that's what I like to eat on my pancakes sometimes...with lots of butter, too) on the table. I told her to get into her chair. She did. I went to our bedroom to get Geoff up so he could join us. I visited the lady's room because I have a baby pushing down on my bladder making me visit this room every time I stand up.....and came back to the kitchen less than one minute later to find this.....

She wanted "sugar." I knew she was being quiet sitting in the kitchen all by herself......but it really never phased me. As I was walking to the study to get my camera I thought to myself, "Auhhhhh!! What a rookie mistake!!! I know better than this!!"

She had managed to make several piles of her "sugar".....

Oh- and by the way.....she put this shirt on herself...NOTE: the right arm going through the neck hole....

And as it turned out......

Parker had only powdered sugar for breakfast....

And refused to even take a bite of her blueberry pancake! (and I say 'refused' because I told her she had to have ONE bite before we went to our play date....and that stinker knows how to take the world's smallest bite that you can't even consider a bite. And she did it twice. Then what do you do? Me?? I gave up.)

So on into our day.....

I had Geoff take my belly photo today....and I wasn't even going to post it because I am sure you all get bored and tired of seeing my belly.....but I couldn't resist because I think it has gotten so much bigger since last week! And apparently....there are a LOT of people out there that think it is pretty big, as they tell me how big I am to still have 10 weeks left!

Yes- this is a true story.

And these next pictures have no real purpose except that I sat her on the kitchen counter to have a snack and decided to take pictures of her....and she decided to humor me a bit....and I had fun....and I haven't posted pictures of her in a while so I thought I'd plague this blog with them!


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