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Monday, October 31, 2011

Riding Along

Today marks the day we leave Corpus {but not Texas because the state is HUGE}. I can't say its too sad of a day. I already miss the friends we've left behind, but so excited about this adventure {now that its begun, finally!}

We were supposed to have our house inspection at 9:30 this morning, but they let us spot clean some of the "messy" portions of the house and they came back. We ended up only having to forfiet a small portion of our deposit so we were happy about that. Every time we thought we were ready for the inspection there were "just a few items" to take out to the cars. In the end I think we made about a thousand trips to get all of our things out and shoved into any empty space we could find in the cars. There isn't an inch of unused space in the cars and we're all crammed on top of one another with the dogs too.

I was so excited that we were getting on the road when I had expected because this NEVER happens with our family. We're late to just about anything we do. Well, I thought we were on time anyways. I forgot that we needed to drop off our internet modem, go to the post office, get lunch, weigh our cars, go to Pep Boys, and get gas before we could officially get on the road. We got it all done and as I write this we're about halfway through our first of 3 legs of our journey to California. We should get to our hotel tonight with just enough time to get clothes out for tonight/tomorrow and hop into bed and do it all over again tomorrow...and the next day! I'm tired just thinking about it all.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Baby Brain

I'm being hit hard today with baby brain! I've been out of it and I just have nothing else to blame. Other than not making sure my child was ok after eating paint and allowing her to walk around with bbq sauce at lunch time I've had a few other moments today.

I went shopping to ease some of my stresses and just get out of the house into some fresh air. I went to Carter's because I wanted to replace Eden's leggings that she got paint all over. While I was there I tried SO hard to fall in love with boy clothes, but they just aren't as cute as girl clothes! Girls can look cute and frilly, but boys just can't. All the clothes had alligators/elephants/tigers, trains, or were brown plaid - ugh. Don't get me wrong, some of the things were cute, just nothing that I absolutely loved - which is way different than when I shop for Eden. I can't help myself when I shop for her. I love everything! Anyways, my first case of baby brain while shopping hit at Carter's. First I forgot that I needed socks for Eden {I remembered before I left thankfully!} and then I tried to walk out without paying. I guess the good thing is that I tried walking out without my bag too.

My second case of baby brain came when I was coming home. Living on base down here in Corpus means that we have to show our military ID every time we come back home. I love this security even though it can be a bit of a pain when all I want to do is get home. Today it proved to be a bit more of a pain than I ever thought. I tried to pay off the guard. Not on purpose, I just got the wrong card out of my wallet. As I was getting to the gate I held my debit card out the window to give to the guard instead of my ID. Ugh, I hope I can make it through the rest of the day and gain some brain cells back while I sleep tonight!

Cleaning Day

All of our stuff is out of our house and we're sleeping on an air mattress until we leave on Monday. Yesterday the movers were here and we took advantage of the last Parents' Night Out {PNO} at our church that we were able to use. I've loved having that to be able to take Eden to and enjoy a kid-free night since we weren't here long enough to find a babysitter.

Last night there were 3 other couples that we knew and have become good friends with that also took their kids to PNO and we had a great dinner out with them. We went to a hibachi grill and I don't think any of us have laughed as hard as we did last night in a long time! It was SO much fun to get out without the kids and just let loose. I'm sad that we weren't able to get all of us together sooner than the weekend that we're leaving town, but I'm glad we made it work at all.

Since the movers were here all day yesterday and we went out to dinner that means that today and tomorrow are days filled with cleaning. So far today we've had to clean Eden more than we've been able to clean the house. She got into my basket of acrylic paints and screwed the top off one of the paints! Lane was cleaning a window sill and I was cleaning the stove so neither one of us noticed that she had done it {#1 Parents over here!} so she successfully painted the kitchen floor and her new pants and her face! Lane was the better parent of the two of us when it happened and made sure that the paint wasn't toxic and made sure Eden was ok. Me on the other hand, my first reaction was that her clothes were ruined because the paint was permanent! At least I had Lane here with me when it happened so someone could worry about Eden while I worried about her clothes...I guess.

After we got Eden cleaned up and squeaky clean she informed us that she pooped in her diaper and she wanted to "dump it" which is her new thing. In order to help her get over her fear of seeing poop we dump her diaper into the toilet and let her say bye bye to it when she gets to flush it. Today when I took her diaper off in the bathroom, she lost her balance and fell. But she didn't just fall onto the floor, she fell sitting on her foot. Ugh, you can imagine this mess wasn't a fun one for anyone involved!

Next up was lunch. We're still clearing out our freezer and I kept a baking sheet so we could get rid of things in a cost efficient manner - by using it all! Today was chicken nuggets for lunch. Eden loves to "dip it" and so we let her have bbq sauce. Lane, again the smarter of the 2 of us, made her give him the nugget and he dipped it. I was letting her explore her independence and so I let her dip it herself {mind you, she's up walking around because we don't have a table to sit at, so I should have known better!} As she started walking away from me I saw that she had sauce on her face, hand, leg and belly. More wipes please!

We're still only half way through the day, so I can only imagine what the rest of the day will unfold for us. I'm hoping that we're able to get some house cleaning done today so we don't have to do it tomorrow. Eden has provided us with a whole new appreciation of moving and cleaning with this move! I'll be sure to keep you updated as best I can with any upcoming adventures we may encounter on our journey to California.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Drum Roll Please

Now that family has received the news of our ultrasound from yesterday {yep, it has come and gone and we have the results!!} I can share with everyone!!! I'm so excited that we were able to keep it a secret from people since a gender reveal party or anything fun was out of the question. In order to tell people, we carved a second pumpkin and sent the picture to everyone and posted it online to our facebook accounts so people could see with their very own eyes what gender our little munchkin is.

Our appointment went really well {yes, you have to wait for pictures at the VERY end!} We had our ultrasound first and then our doctor visit. The ultrasound went well and Baby#2 was not shy about showing off for the camera so we got a clear view {no questions} about the gender. Once we got a chance to talk to the doctor she let us know that the full anatomical report would be sent to the radiologist and she'd get a full report in a few days. There wasn't anything too remarkable about the ultrasound.

The only thing that was of slight concern for the doctor is that I have partial previa. Basically what that means is that the placenta {blood supply for the baby} is slightly overlapping my cervix. Most of the time with the stretching of the uterus through the rest of the pregnancy the condition will "fix" itself and is of no concern. The only reason this is a concern now is if I were to go into preterm labor I cannot deliver the placenta first {and would have to since it is below the baby and over my cervix right now} therefore I would have to have a c-section. I will also have to have a c-section if this does not resolve itself before I'm full term and deliver the baby. Ok, that being said, just remember that most of the time this does resolve itself and unless I go into labor before it resolves itself I will have to have a c-section - no big deal, and not life threatening as long as I watch myself and make sure that I don't have any bleeding.

So the fun part of this "complication" in pregnancy? I get at least one more ultrasound and possibly more if it isn't resolved before I have another ultrasound - probably 6 weeks from now. I can't complain about having a complication that isn't life threatening for me or for Baby and I get to see Baby again which isn't the norm.

Now, the moment you've all been waiting for {if you didn't skip ahead to the pictures before reading the post already!} Our reveal moment with family!
Eden colored on the box after helping empty the seeds out.






She loves him {or her pumpkin} already!
She's lovin' on her "boder!"

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Flip Flops

We went to a fall festival today at a local church. We're trying to fill Eden with as much Halloween fun as possible before we have to leave Texas {and miss Halloween}. We were able to enjoy the festival with friends and we were able to enjoy it in flip flops! It was so hot!! It was fun to watch Eden try to play the carnival games and ride on the hay ride. She seemed to enjoy herself, though she got over it pretty quick when she started to get too hot.
With our friends the Zackmans ready for the hay ride!

Eden loved being on a ride! She also loves her friend Abby!
Trying to get the balls to land on the same color. She liked throwing them, but didn't land on the right colors. She still got a piece of candy!
I love her little dress! Our next door neighbor made it for her.
Laney in her super cute Halloween dress.

The best we could do with getting them to sit together.

Carving Away

We went ahead and carved Eden's pumpkin the other day. We decided that since We'll be in the process of moving next week and since we leave town on Halloween morning, so much of Eden's halloween season is going to be rushed through. She loves pumpkins so I wanted to give her a chance to enjoy her pumpkin to its fullest ability! That of course includes carving her pumpkin that she picked out.
October 21 - This is how our morning started. Eden refusing to cooperate and saying "no" to everything we offered her - fun or not!
Eden, ready with her scooping spoons to dig out the seeds. Just have to wait for Daddy to open 'er up!
Digging in (Daddy now has a spoon, not a knife!)
This look says it all, "I can't believe I let them talk me into this!"
Pulling out one. seed. at. a. time!


Yucky high fives!
Daddy did such a great job with the pumpkin. Eden loves to look inside of it.
She's holding cinnamon because we rubbed the inside of it with that and pumpkin pie spice so when there's a burning candle in the pumpkin it smells good!
Proud family with the pumpkin!
And this is how the day ended. I guess she needed to check her email and look at facebook!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Numbers

Life is full of numbers - especially when you're married to a math major! And when you're in the midst of a countdown, there are even more numbers involved on an every day basis.

6 days until packers get here
8 days until the movers get here
11 days until we leave TX - can't come soon enough!
14 days until we arrive in CA
15 days until we close on our house
18 days until we get our house hold goods delivered to our new house!
{and somewhere in there is the Baby#2 ultrasound!!!!!}

And speaking of numbers, Eden has a new love of counting too! It took us forever to get her to count even though she seemed to grasp the idea of "two" of something. She would hold up 2 of something and say "two!" Our response would be, "Yes! One, two." We did everything we could to get her to count, but she had no interest. Until this week...

She's counting! Most of the time she's counting backwards, but she's saying her numbers now. Most of the time her counting goes as follows: 2, 1, 2, 1. Our response is still the same, "Yes! One, two" in hopes to drop the first 2 before she counts 1, 2. The other day we were going to the Naval Clinic on base to get some signatures on Lane's sign out sheet for his command and she counted something for us, and did it perfectly...backwards. This time she counted 3, 2, 1. That one I was proud of!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Punkin Patch

Eden has discovered pumpkins and every time she sees one she announces that there is a "punkin" and she wants to try to pick it up. She sees an inflatable pumpkin on the roof of a building while we're driving and she gets so excited. She even has her very own pumpkin that she carries around with her. She puts it in her stroller and pushes it around like it's her baby. We decided to take her to a "pumpkin patch" at a church close by so she could see all the pumpkins and pick one to bring home to carve.

As we were walking through all the pumpkins Eden tried to pick many of them up. She loved that there were so many and so many sizes. Eden picked up the pumpkins that were small enough for her to hold and never complained that we were only going to take one home with us.















She was SO concerned with the fact that there was a rotten pumpkin. It upset her.

We gave her 3 pumpkins to chose from and let her decide which one we'd bring home to carve.
Trying to hold the pumpkin with Daddy's help.