Sunday, January 22, 2012

busy days, carseats & 27 weeks!!

Now that I am home with L I am not sendign him to daycare very much, only a few days

a month when I have school and Les is working days.

I'm trying really hard to do fun engaging activities with him, he's a little sponge these days and

learning so much so quickly! He can spell his name, count to 13 (he keeps going but not in the correct order). Knows all his shapes and colours and we are working on letter recognition!

Last week he was a little under the weather with a cold but acted fine, kids are just

so resilient! We did some painting and I cut up the papers to write thank you notes

for all his Christmas gifts! He loved it! My next task his to find a fun Valentines craft!

I'm 27 weeks! I think I hit another growth spurt (or, er, Ducky did!) I FEEL so big. Ducky is

so busy in there, Les and Logan have both felt kicks now! Logan's face was

priceless. He asks me everyday when the baby is coming out, he's so sweet.

He alway's calls the baby a she and insists he's getting a sister, I'm fairly certain

he will adjust just fine with a brother or sister!

13 more weeks (hopefully a TINY bit less!) and we will find out if its pink or blue!

I took this photo of L today in the car, I wanted to share it:

I'm pretty particular about car seat safety. Pictures of kids with loose straps and bulky coats drive me crazy! logan is 30 months this week (OMG!!), he is still rear facing with plenty

of room to grow in a Graco MyRide 65, he weighs 29 lbs and is 35.5". He is using his carseat poncho in this photo, although he usually quickly says he's hot and throws it off.

My friend got a kick out of this photo and posted this for me on facebook, LOL!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

25 weeks & my superhero

My sister got Logan this super hero cape for Christmas! He loves it! And I must admit I love it on him too!
I got the best compliment from my little man the other day, he said "mama you are superhero just like me!", who doesn't want to be their little ones hero?
I love this kid more then words can say!
I'm 25 weeks! We've reached viability, my ultrasound this week showed that while my cervix is shorter then previously its still within the acceptable range (just). Bedrest seems to be helping, I still get occasional cramps and discomfort, espcially if I am up too much. But for the most part they are less frequent and less intense. I hope it stays that way for 10-12 more weeks!

How far along? 25 weeks
Total Weight Gain? About 8lbs I think.
Maternity Clothes? YES everything except panties and Pjs!
Stretch Marks? Just lots of leftovers from Logan!
Sleep? Just OK. I have been having some insomnia where I can't fall asleep until about 2-3am, which is TOUGH. I also wake to go to the washroom a lot and have been having a lot of general discomfort.
Best Moment this week? Logan's reaction to seeing Ducky at the ultrasound. He said "there's OUR baby!" and then the baby started moving its hands around he said "she's waving at me! and waved back!" It was so sweet, I'm glad we had to take him!
Movement? Lots everyday, mostly when I'm still late at night. You can even see it from the outside now! I've been feeling him or her having the hiccups
(or pick ups as Logan calls them!) as well!
Food Cravings? Lemonade, cupcakes, salt and vinegar kettle chips
Gender? I don't know!
Labour Signs? cramps and occasional contractions, stay away!
Belly Button? very shallow
I miss the most? shopping, our hoped for family getaway and wine!
What am I looking forward to the most? Having two little ones in my arms!
Milestones? reaching viability!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Basement Renovation!

We officially are running out of room! I will post some actual home pictures very soon! However, Logan is now in a big boy room (kind of, he mostly cosleeps still) and the nursery, that was meant to be for all of our babies is a play room. A well stocked full playroom!
We have no where to put poor ducky. Our plan has been to at least do a basic finish on the basement and to have Ducky in the pack n play in our room for the first few months.
Well the New Year is here and mama's nesting is in full force! I have no where for this baby! I can't prepare clothes, set up a room, I Ccan't do anything and its got me emotional!
We need to get a move on these reno's! We have TONS of plans, and ideas, its time to set them into action, to make them reality~and due to my current activity restrictions my reliance on my husband and FIL (my ILs are helping us A LOT with this project!) is making me crazy!
Our dream basement inlcudes (in my eyes, I'm still trying to convince DH and the ILs this is necessary) a beautiful laundry room
Complete with a craft and gift wrapping area!

Right now all of my gift wrap, stationary and crafting things are between boxes
in the crawl space and Ducky's closet! Neither of which are very practical!
But for now I would like them to at least dry wall and tile the room, and
build a closet around my furnace, to at least have it started, the cabinets can come later!
(I'm being realistic budget and time wise here!)
I also dream of a pantry/storage closet. I've convinced DH, mostly. We will have a 6x6 foot
storage room, for now it will be tiled and drywalled/painted, the shelving and/or
cabinets will be another addition in the future, none the less we have some plain
stacking shelves to put in the and I can CLOSE THE DOOR!
This will be ideal for those small appliances not used often and bulk shopping of house hold supplies and non perishables!
Storage is a real issue and this tiny room is going to help a lot!
We also have grand plans for a wet bar, we would like a sink and at least a mini fridge,
perhaps even a basic full size fridge, this would be great for the holidays & parties!
We plan to have it go against one wall, and have no seating, it will be almost
like a butler's pantry. The cabinets will likely be in white, as this is my current colour scheme, although I would love some input from my readers (if I have any left!)
But again, for now we will rough in the plumbing and just have walls, the wet bar
area will be a future addition.
I would love to have some floor to ceiling cabinets or built ins along one long wall
we have down there. These little gems are all ikea cabinets!
As I said, storage is an issue. I can imagine hiding tons, from books, to toys, to linen in a wall full of these!However that too, is a future addition, for now we are sticking to the basics, which will
still be a great space (I hope!)
We are using some Christmas money we were gifted to have a gas fireplace installed! We know that installing this later will mean a lot more work and back tracking,
so we are splurging for it now!
Its going to make it so warm and cozy down there!
We would like to do a stone surround, either up to the mantle or all the way up to the ceiling, which do you prefer?
We would also like to have "built ins" around it, with cabinets on the bottoms and shelving on the top, we will hide electronics, board games, DVDS, etc in the cabinets!
Les wants to eventually mount a giant TV above the fireplace as well.
I would also like a nice thick white mantel, I'm really liking white for all the cabinets down there as well. I feel like basements tend to be dark and dreary, I'm thinking stone, greyish walls and white cabinets, with medium coloured floors, will give a nice bright fresh look.
Again, my dream and one days vs. the current reality mean we will have a working fireplace with only dry wall around it and spaces to one day add cabinets, a mantle and stone.
For flooring we have made a (toughish) decision to do all tile, we found some great wood grain tile available in two different sizes, either
or 8" x 32"
this will give the appearance of wood but the durability of tile. We will eventually have a large throw rug in the family room area; and I will be putting down those foams mats in the playroom.
These are the 3 different tile choices that we like, which do you think would look best? I don't want too dark we have a medium maple upstairs, and dark shows WAY too much of my white kitty's hair and dust! I'm thinking we are going with the smaller size, I know its means more tile, but I think it looks more like wood.

I'm eager to at least get a start. I have a clearish vision, I can't get Les to commit to a goal date as of yet, which is scary and frusturating to this mama! I want to get ready for baby and thats on hold until we have a finished basement.
However in a few months (I'm hoping) we will have newly finsihed walls and floors, a guest room, a storage room, a fireplace and a bathroom. We will still have a lot of work and additions to make before its the basement of our dreams, but I think that alone will be a great start! We will be creating a play area for Logan as well down there, which is very much needed!
I will post photos and updates as we go, I'm really hopeful the basement is complete before Ducky is here!

23 & 24 weeks

Of course a post isn't complete without a picture of my little man! He's so much fun right now. I wish I could get a good video of him talking, he completley converses with us and is SO descriptive.
Yesterday he was building with blocks and he said "look mommy I made a perfect castle!" LOL
And today we had an interesting conversation, it was storming and very windy out:
Logan "mama whats that sound?"
Me "its the wind and rain"
Logan "Its just the wind? I no like it, it scares me, make it stop mama"
Me "I can't make it stop buddy but mama will stay close so your not scared"
Logan "OK mama but the wind doens't make me happy"
Me "Its OK mama, the sun will make it stop"
hahaha, kids are too funny!
Pregnancy wise things are going well. I'm still having occasional cramping episodes that make me very uneasy. They are worse if I do too much (which I'm trying REALLY hard not to do)
I'm feeling good otherwise. Ducky is SO active these days. I have another ultrasound coming up and I"m SO tempted to find out what this little peanut but I just try to keep
remembering how special that moment was in the delivery room and it helps (kinda) to keep me strong!
I will do the survery next week! I'm really unsure on if I think Ducky is a boy or girl, I think either way I will be really surprised! Most people guess boy tho!
On to the bump!
23 weeks:
24 weeks:

And for comparison, 24 weeks with Logan: