Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some Time Outside

For some reason, after the worst day of nausea so far (yesterday), I had a better day today. Sigh of relief. Jimmy and I actually made it into the back yard for a few minutes!

Monday, August 24, 2009

8 Weeks

...and 4 more to go until the second trimester. After that, at this moment, I feel like the time can go as slowly as it wants. Until then, I'd like it to kick up the pace a little and get this next four weeks over with. Ha!

I had my 8 week pre-natal appointment this morning (made the mistake of taking Jimmy...whoops. I'll be finding someone to keep him for me next time. He was so curious and so bored and so was a bad combo, poor little dude.) James and I got to see the baby's heartbeat again, and I got another ultrasound photo. I would post it, but there's not a whole lot of point, as it just looks like a little blob. Of course I put it right on the 'fridge and insist I can see a face. ;)

Basically, all's well. I'm still nauseated, but I'm finding ways to deal with it. James continues to be AMAZING. He cleans, he shops, he hosts when we have people over. He told me that for the first trimester at least, his job is to do everything, so that I don't have to. (!!!!!) What a guy, eh? We're talking about names, and I got a book to write letters to the baby in, like I did for Jimmy. It's actually set in that we're having another baby, and while I'm a little nervous, I have a pretty good peace about it. I think it's going to be great!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lounge Lizards

I have discovered that when I am lying down and being still, I'm not so nauseated. I prefer the option of spending much of the next month lying still to the option of spending the next month vomiting, so we've snuggled away most of this weekend. It's been a welcome respite.

James is able to help Jimmy out with any wrestling requirements he may have. Incidentally, it was Jimmy's choice to go nudey today. James says the little dude refused to get dressed and was quite upset at the idea of clothing this morning, so he just let it go. Exactly what I'd have done! There are precious few years in your life when going naked all day is an acceptable choice. I say, embrace it, little man.

Jeremy's Birthday

We had the O.F. over last night to celebrate Jeremy's 32nd birthday. I combined some anti-nausea meds and made it through the evening without drawing too much attention to myself - hooray! We had supper and cake, then played a little Wii and watched "The Last Starfighter" on blu-ray. Fun!! Thanks to James for cleaning the house and picking up the ice cream cake and to Jeremy and Birdie for bringing Burgerville for supper!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Awesome Parenting

It would be obvious to even the most casual observer that I do not feel good and have not felt good for some weeks now. My child is running around naked, trashing the joint and watching Sesame Street, while I sit on the couch and alternately play around on the internets and doze off. Poor Jimmy. He looks like he's really suffering, doesn't he?

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Life Of Riley

Jimmy: "Mommy? Where's Jimmy's Thomas Train show?"

Me: "You want to watch Thomas? OK. Here you go."

Jimmy: "Mommy? Where's Jimmy's comfy pillows?"

Me: "Hmm. OK, let's pile up the pillows. Is that good?"

Jimmy: "Mommy? Where's Jimmy's blanky?"

Me: "Here you go. Got everything you need?"

Jimmy: "Mommy? Jimmy needs chocolate milk."

If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say

You know that old adage about remaining silent if you have nothing nice to say? That presents a problem when keeping a blog. I've tried to stay away, and I promise I won't barrage you with forty five whiny, complainy posts, but I've got to get this out.

First of all, I know. I know I'm lucky. I'm blessed. I'm so fortunate. Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural process and shouldn't be treated like an illness. It'll all be worth it in the end. I've got that. It is very hard not to feel ILL however, or, indeed to feel thankful or blessed when, even with anti-nausea medication, I feel like I'm on the verge of losing my lunch every minute of every day for weeks on end. It was this way in my first pregnancy too, and I can tell you with no exaggeration that I prefer labor pain to nausea. Seriously.

The first trimester brings with it so many blessings - exhaustion, constipation, constant, unrelenting nausea, the ability to smell EVERYTHING in an uncomfortably amplified way (I can smell garbage from across the house)'s not pretty. If I could sleep through the entire first trimester and wake up in the glorious second trimester when energy returns and the nausea ends, I so totally would.

Oh, I'll live. I'll even get over myself here shortly and quit being so grouchy about it. I'm just having a little pity party over here, all by myself. I've got hats and sad face balloons and everything. I may have to cut it short though, as I still have a two year old who needs me and a house that needs upkeep and a husband who just MIGHT be getting a little sick of me and my shenanigans.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


We love the show, So You Think You Can Dance, and so do several of our friends, so for the finale last Thursday, we had our pals, Matt and Traci over to watch and celebrate. We had supper, and I made these for dessert:
Cupcakes. In cups. I'd left my muffin tins with Jaimey, holding her birthday cupcakes. Whoops. Luckily, these came out well. Huge, but good. They were chocolate cherry cupcakes...

...with homemade whipped cream and piped chocolate letters (So You Think You Can Dance).

Apron for Jimmy

Jimmy loves to help me cook, and I hate doing laundry, so I made him an apron. He's a boy, so it obviously couldn't be frilly. I made it as more of a smock, and he really loves it!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


One of Jimmy's favorite things to do is to snuggle in our bed, under the covers and watch Mickey Mouse or Veggie Tales. I'm not sure if he's remembering the first ten months of his life, in which he would sleep nowhere else, or if it's just a fun way to get us all in one place, totally focused on him (as he likes best). Either way, it's one of the sweetest parts of our day, when we get to do it.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Oh How I Love This Child

Apron for "Dolly"

Jimmy's friend, Dahlia (aka: "Dolly"), who lives across the street turned two this week, and I like any excuse to make a gift. I don't really know what to do for a girl, but I like making aprons (and wearing them - have I mentioned that?), so I made a very girly, sort of retro one out of a pillowcase (I also like to re-purpose). It's the frilliest little thing I've ever made.

I'm happy with how it came out!

Sunday, August 2, 2009


These days, if you want Jimmy to do or eat something, it's just best to tell him it's "special". For example: he refused to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches until I started cutting his foldover into triangles (his favorite shape) and telling him they are "special triangles". Now, he scarfs them right down.

The other day, I made the mistake of going in to get him too soon after his nap. He likes to lie in bed and play for awhile, you see. Anyway, he decided he wanted to lie on the couch, but it wasn't good enough the way it was. He fussed and fussed, until it occurred to me to make him a "special" bed. He spent at least twenty minutes lying on the blanket my grandmother made him (the one with the hearts), snuggling with Oscar, (the quilt I made him - he sleeps with it always) and playing with his cars and trains.

Eh, he may be silly, but he sure is special to me.

Fun With The O.F.

The O.F. came over yesterday for a nice, relaxing evening of fun. Traci, Berly (aka Birdie) and I made Traci's awesome chicken nachos using some of the marionberry jam I made last week.

There aren't many people with whom I feel comfortable sharing my kitchen, but I have no qualms with these two.

Berly experimented with some head wear.

Some "Dance Dance Revolution" happened - we all got schooled by Matt and Traci.

And, in the spirit of healthier eating, I made this for dessert. We always love having our Oregon Family over. They are such lovely, gracious people, and our time with them is all the more precious, since it will soon be coming to the end of a chapter. Yes, our Birdie and Jeremy will be moving back to Arizona this Fall, taking a large part of our hearts with them. We four remaining in Oregon will certainly be the less for their absence. Thank goodness it's the age of email and Facebook!!

Traffic Jam on the Back Patio