Sunday, January 31, 2010

Random Notes On Facial Hair

I never thought I liked facial hair on men, other than on my Dad, who has a totally righteous mustache. Then, James grew a full beard while sick a few years ago, and I decided I liked that, so he's kept it (the power I have...the POWER!!!). Apparently, I'll need to prepare myself for the other main man in my life to be sporting some facial hair soon as well, since Jimmy informed me today, and I quote: "I need a mustache. Like Papa." (that's his name for my Dad).

Not 'til you're 13 kid.

Incidentally, my spell check says that's how "mustache" is spelled. I always thought you spelled it m-o-u...

Friday, January 29, 2010


I don't talk a lot about the "gory details" of my pregnancy here, but for the curious, I thought I'd share where we're at right now. As I enter the home stretch on this pregnancy, I have pre-natal appointments with my doctor with increasing frequency. This is a good thing, as I LOVE the new doctor we chose and have great faith in her. I won't go into the VERY long story of Jimmy's birth (56 hours of intense, unnecessary induction, ending in c-section) , but suffice it to say that I feel fairly confident that there's no way this one could possibly be mis-managed to the extent that that one was. This gives me hope. At this point, because the pregnancy is extremely healthy and the baby's doing great, we're planning to attempt to avoid another c-section, meaning we're going to give my body a reasonable amount of time to do its thing and see if we can't go the "old fashioned" route. I reserve the right to change my mind, of course. We'll see. At any rate, we discussed that option in depth with our doctor today and have a good handle on where we stand and what the risks are. Having had a c-section last time, under the conditions that I had it, something cool like a homebirth isn't really an option. I'll have to be at the hospital, and the baby will have to be constantly monitored. Should Vivi follow her brother's lead and show no intention of going anywhere on anyone's schedule, we'll have another c-section, and we will rejoice for another healthy baby. I feel a great peace about it, and I try not to dwell too much on what "might" happen. I've learned that no matter how much you PLAN for how it's going to go, it will be what it will be. We'll go in as prepared as possible, make our preferences known and go from there.

Other than that, I'm feeling alright physically. I've slowed way down. I'm short, so the big belly looks humongous to me. James says it's cute. ;) I've got aches and pains and practice contractions and all the fun stuff that goes along with the third trimester, but I'm waddling along, trying to be as healthy as I can and taking care of my boys to the best of my ability. I'm back to wanting naps, so I'm thankful that Jimmy's such a good napper most of the time. My nausea is trying to make a comeback in the evenings (not so great). On the other hand, Vivi moves a lot, her stats are fantastic, mine are great too, and we're cruising along. I couldn't ask for a better partner than James - he's been awesome throughout the whole pregnancy. We're including Jimmy as much as possible - he goes to some of the pre-natal appointments and loves to hear Vivi's heartbeat, he loves to whisper secrets to her, we're introducing him to some babies and really talking up how special it is to be a big brother when he brings it up. Obviously, he doesn't fully "get it", but it's fun to see him grasp it in little pieces.

This entry is a little disjointed and run-on, I know...can you tell it's almost nap time? :) But there's my "stream-of-consciousness" take on my second pregnancy at almost 31 weeks! If you're interested in what a baby's state of development is at this stage, check this out. Have a great weekend!

Avast, Ye Scurvy Toddler

Two, going on three has its tear-your-hair-out-in-frustration and/or "if-you-don't-stop whining-now-then-I-don't-know-what" moments...but there are these sweet and funny little moments too. Which make the whole package pretty great.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Eyeballs

A little over a year ago, I tried an experiment in contacts. It didn't go well. I always felt like I had something poking me in the eye (only one of my eyes needs a prescription - weird, eh?), so I went back to wearing my glasses. I had some cute ones from Costco, but they broke. I had them fixed...and then they broke again. I've been wearing my backup pair, which I hate, for months and months. The left lens constantly falls out. I hate them. Anyway.

I finally decided to get going and get another pair. Costco said they needed a current prescription. The eye doctor's office said they needed to see me to update mine (though it was only a year old). Sigh. So, this morning, Jimmy and I hauled out to the doctor. I had my exam (including this cool scan of my retina...wanna see?)


Got my prescription and ordered some new glasses from Costco. I'll be tossing these stupid things in the back of my nightstand once again in 7-10 business days. Hallelujah.

Speaking of Costco, Jimmy and I were talking today, and I asked him if he knows who loves him. He answered the expected - Mommy, Daddy, etc... Then I asked him who HE loves. "My Costco!!" said he. See that eyeball up above? I'm rolling it now.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Almost 3

Silly, nose-picking almost-3-year-old.

Ornery almost-3-year-old

Contemplating his toes almost-3-year-old

Working on something almost-3-year-old

Still my baby.

Conversations From a Big Boy Bed

Since the transition into the big-boy bed has gone so well (he hasn't climbed out ONCE!), we went ahead and moved the glider into the nursery, and James or I will lie on Jimmy's bed with him to read him a book and give him a snuggle or two before night night. It's always hard to leave though, because he's coming up with very creative ways to get us to stay. He thinks it's great that we can get in his bed, you see. Here's an example:

Last night, as I was lying there in the rocket ship bed with him after reading his book and singing songs, I turned out the light, and we had this little conversation while looking at the stars on the ceiling from his night light:

Me - "OK, Mama's going to go now."

Jimmy - "Nooo! You stay and snuggle me!"

Me - "Alright. I'll stay for a minute."

Jimmy - "OK!! What should we talk about? Let's talk about rockets!"

So...he nestled his soft little cheek against mine, and we talked about rockets for a minute or so. And then:

Me - "OK, Mama's going to go now"

Jimmy - "No! You stay! What should we talk about?"

Me - "Let's talk about Mama needing to go now."

Jimmy - "Naw. Let's talk about some more snuggles."

This, of course was followed by a fit of giggles - both mine and his.

For the record, I did leave...after another snuggle or two. ;)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's Coming Together

Here's a little update on the mostly-finished nursery.

From the door

Crib wall

Changing table

Rocking chair, Boppy, and side table. The awful, wrinkled pink thing covering the table was a sad experiment in dying with juice. I'm going to re-dye it chocolate brown with some actual fabric dye. I'll iron it too (Mom ;) ).

Closet and little pink clothes.

The infamous curtains. I started out with this great idea of three layers of tulle, like a tutu. I sewed the one for the small window, put it up and realized it was WAY too busy for the room.

So, I formulated a Plan B. They're crushed toile, lined with white broadcloth, with a little pink ribbon sewn across the top and finished with bows at the ends. Along with the blinds that were already on the window, they filter the light well, without making it truly dark in the room.

And a better view of the bird mobile I made. I'm still not head over heels in love with it, but I don't guess I have to marry every item in the room.

So dust ruffle, or not to dust ruffle? That is the question.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Son Of An Engineer

Problem: Mama puts all the "good" magnets and the colorful coupons up high on the 'fridge, leaving the kid stuff for the little boy to play with down low. The little boy WANTS the stuff that's up high but can't convince that mean ol' Mama to fork it over.


Go get the foot stool from the bathroom and help your little self, of course!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tiny Pirate

In addition to his love of trucks, cars, trains and anything else with wheels, Jimmy has developed a deep and abiding love for playing pirates. Now don't panic when you watch this video and start thinking we've let him watch the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie - we haven't. We do have a very cool CD set of the "Sounds of Disneyland" though, and he loves to listen to the songs and sounds from the Pirates ride. This delights his father, as that's James's favorite. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Dear Friends,

My email account and my Facebook account were both hacked by someone using a money transfer SCAM. If you got any kind of message from my account in the last day saying I'm stranded in London and need money, please disregard it as A)I would not and have not traveled overseas in my last trimester of pregnancy and B)I would never send out a mass email begging for money. For crying out loud.

I have re-established my gmail account, so it's secure now. Theoretically, Facebook will work with me (they de-activated my account). We'll see. I'm pretty disgusted and angry, but they didn't get at anything financial, and, assuming no one is fooled and sends these idiots money, there's no permanent harm done.

I'm so sorry if you were one of the people affected by this stupid mess. Have a great week!


Saturday, January 16, 2010

T-Shirt From Granny

She sent another one too that says "I'm the Big Brother!" for after the baby's born. He loves them so much that he insisted on sleeping in this one last night. ;)

Thursday, January 14, 2010


is a happy

cookie eating

little boy. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Church

As we were happily walking down the sidewalk as a family this morning, heading toward church, with James and I each holding a hand of our darling boy, we heard Jimmy's sweet little voice pipe up, exclaiming, "Hey! My underwear!" We looked down to see him walking along with his cute little plaid pants around his ankles as he valiantly tried to keep walking along. I bought these pants for him when he still wore diapers, which apparently kept them up. Now that he's in undies, the length of the pants is still good, but I guess they're a at the top. Whoops! I tell ya, a day with a toddler is always good for a giggle :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Why I Should Not Be Allowed "kill time" in craft stores. :) Jimmy and I had some time to spend in "town" this morning between J's H1N1 shot (finally!) and meeting James for lunch, so we hit the craft stores for some bargains.

Jimmy found this pirate hat for a buck. He's been wearing it all day.

I got some spray paint for this lamp and shade.

Jimmy and I got a little two dollar "stained glass" craft to do together.


I found a wood "V" for Vivi's room and painted it while Jimmy was napping. I'll most likely hang it from some ribbon.

And I found these birds on super sale (Christmas leftovers), which I used to make a mobile for the nursery.

They had wires that I pulled out of the bottoms, which left holes, so I added these bows.

They're a little dark, so I may a) add some lighter feathers or b) look for something else, but I'm happy with them for now.

I think. ;)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quick Update

My in-laws called this evening, tired of waiting for me to cough up the next chapter in the "Big Boy Bed" saga...did he get out of his bed, or didn't he? This is a worthy question when asking about a child who has always been VERY particular about sleep. And I mean VERY. Seriously. The answer is this: he shocked the ever loving socks off his father and I by staying in his bed all night, sleeping like a champ. When I went in to get him this morning, he was snug as a bug in a rug, happily (and sleepily) reading himself a book and thrilled with all the praise he got for being such a big boy. He took a little while to fall asleep at nap time today, but once again, he stayed put in his bed. Now, for all those about to send me emails about how he'll figure out the naughty in time...I know. But for now, let me luxuriate in the fact that my worry was for nothing. For RIGHT now, I'll just believe he's the best little toddler I ever had... ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Big Boy Bed

After Jimmy and I finished breakfast this morning, I took apart the crib and moved it into the nursery. We rearranged, vacuumed and got everything ready for the BIG DELIVERY scheduled for this afternoon. It wasn't here yet when naptime rolled around, so J slept one more time in his crib (in the pink room - he was totally, and while he was sleeping, the big truck rolled up outside and the mattress and box spring finally arrived. I got the headboard secured to the wall and the bed all made. Then, I went out to check the mail and found that the bed skirt had arrived, so I had to take it all apart again and put THAT on :). I'm pleased with how it turned out, and Jimmy is, if you'll pardon the expression, over the moon.

I threw a blankie over the safety rail, just for the photo. It took away from the Feng Shui, don't you know. :)

Rocket sheets.

When he got up from his nap and peeped the BIG BOY BED in his room, he was thrilled beyond all reason. He had to get right under the covers and pretend to sleep - loud snores included. We'll see how it goes tonight when it's time for the real deal!

Small Project

I bought this little table several years ago to sit in my entryway and hold keys. It was unfinished, light wood, and I left it that way. I've been getting tired of it though and wanted to add a little punch of color, so I bought me some SPRAY PAINT and had some fun today. I painted it white, then red, then used my little palm sander to "rough it up" a little. I love it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Night Night

Tonight is Jimmy's last night in his crib. The headboard for his big boy bed is finished. The new, bigger quilt is made. The cool rocket sheets are washed and ready to go. The side rail is assembled. The mattress and box spring will be delivered tomorrow. He's totally excited - I'm LESS excited, because I have a feeling that getting him to stay IN his big boy bed will take some teaching, but I'm excited for him too. It's just been illustrated to me over and over since having a child that every beginning also comes with an ending - a necessary and inevitable letting go, which is hard for we mothers, don't you know. It makes every milestone a little bit bittersweet. I rejoice that my son is growing up strong and independent. That doesn't mean that part of me isn't a little sad with each step he takes away from me though. I know it's selfish, and I'd rather cut off my arm than try to hold him back, so I mostly (mostly) keep it to myself and focus on his absolute, unadulterated joy in each new discovery and turned corner. I take my own mother's advice and "buck up!", in other words :). So, tonight I rocked him and cuddled with him, like I've always done, then I sang to him and danced with him in my arms before lying him down and snuggling him down under his covers, just as I've done since he started sleeping in his crib. And tomorrow, I'll rock him, sing to him, and hey, we might dance a little before he snuggles down under his new quilt in his new bed. Let's just hope he stays put!! Here goes nothin'!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

More Sewing

Boppy cover

Re-covered crib bumper

Snuggle blankie ;)

Friday, January 1, 2010


The Houx family ended 2009 with some family fun and...fondue!

My mom gave me this awesome fondue set for Christmas, and we wanted to break it in. I'll attempt all the courses the next time we have guests who are fondue-willing, but for last night we just did the chocolate - and MAN was it good!

We dipped apples, cherries, strawberries and marshmallows. Jimmy had his own little chocolate bowl (2 year old plus fire = ridiculous), and he mostly just sucked the chocolate off the fruit...though he did take a few bites.

Cherries....nom nom nom...

Fondue fan for life!

My Jayhawk boys.

We played a board game upstairs until Jimmy's bedtime.

Then James and I hung around until midnight, when we toasted with some Diet Hansen's Pomegranate pop and watched the ball drop on TV. Happy New Year! May 2010 bring you joy.