8 Months

112_3456She’s 8 months old!  I can’t believe how fast it has gone by!

Things have been pretty crazy the past couple of weeks.  I tripped over a toy and fractured my foot.  It was certainly an adventure trying to manage carrying a baby and crutches.  But, as of Monday I am off the crutches because the fracture wasn’t as bad as they originally thought!  My FRG was fabulous, they cooked meals for us and brought them by, cleaned the house, ran errands, anything I needed they were more than willing to do!  I couldn’t have made it through without them!  I found out I need glasses, have needed them for awhile according to the doctor, so I am waiting for them to come in and we will see how I like them!

I went today for my 20 week check up.  I have gained 2 pounds in four weeks.  I have to say I was pretty happy about that!  I thought it would be so much more than that!  I have the information so I can go find out pink or blue soon and I can’t wait to find out!


Add a comment August 20, 2009

Seven Months

I'm Seven Months Old Today!

Seven Months


* She’s trying to crawl, but only goes backwards and gets stuck under the furniture

* Is trying to pull up to standing

* Has learned that super fun “let’s drop it off the high chair so mama can pick it up and then I can drop it again” game

* Tries to feed herself with a spoon…bath time is a must after that!

* Claps her hands, babbles, and smiles all the time

* Gets into a sitting position from her belly

* Hates the hair bows I put on her head

She is growing up so fast!  Won’t be long before she’s walking and talking and oh my goodness where does the time go???

Add a comment July 20, 2009

The Best Pajama Party Ever…

Monkey has been asking to have a sleepover for a while, and while I certainly didn’t want to deny her this awesome girly activity, I had reservations about having a bunch of little girls spending the night.  So, my hubby’s cousin suggested having the girls come in pajamas, do activities, and then go home and go to sleep!  Awesome idea!  So, I ran the idea past Monkey who quickly responded with “Well, why can’t they just sleep here?”  I explained to her that they were still pretty young and someone might really miss their mom in the middle of the night and it was just better to do it this way right now.  She agreed.  I made invitations and she passed them out to her friends.  

Tonight was the big night!  I decorated the table with a bed sheet and three teddy bears.  We ordered pizza and had other snacks available.  All of her friends came!  

After they ate they decorated pillow cases with fabric markers that I had written “Pajama Night 2009” on.  Then they made foam crowns.  I was kind of nervous about that one, because one of her friends is a boy and she didn’t want to exclude him.  But, there was a piece of blue foam and so he made a crown too!  They played a couple of games, watched a movie while snacking, and then made a collage just for fun!  They asked me to read a couple of books and then they just played!  

When it was time to go home they took their pillowcases, crowns, collages, and a goody bag.  Pink bags for the girls and a blue bag for the one little boy!  I filled the bags with a toothbrush, travel size toothpaste, travel size shampoo, soap, a loofah sponge, and a sheet of star stickers.  I printed out papers that read “Pajama Night 2009” and glued them to the bags.  

Everyone seemed to have a really good time.  They ate a lot, worked hard on their crafts, played hard, and were worn out when they left!  My daughter looked at me and said “Mama,  that was the best pajama party ever!”  Now, she has nothing to compare tonight to, but I took it as a huge compliment and say that tonight was a success!  She already can’t wait to do it again!

Add a comment July 18, 2009

My Trip to the Dentist

I went to the dentist today for my second round of debreeding or as I like to call it “Inflicting of Pain for a Large Fee”.  At least this time they numbed my mouth before they started scraping and digging and whatever else they were doing in there.  It sounded painful!  Now, before bed, I have to brush (which I did before), floss (I’ve never been good at flossing, but I try), and swish mouthwash around in there.  Now, I have to use some crazy looking instrument with a rubber tip to stimulate my gums.  I will admit that since the first round of this debreeding, my gums don’t bleed as often as they did before.  The hygienist was pleased with this as am I.  My jaws are extremely sore tonight, it hurts to yawn!  My next appointment is in August for more of the same.  I hope that in the end all of this pain and money will be worth it!

Add a comment July 18, 2009

Happy 4th of July


Little Miss Independent


Kendal's First 4th!


All American Cuties


Add a comment July 4, 2009

6 Months



It’s hard to believe she’s six months old!  She can sit unsupported for a while, can roll one way (trying to roll all the way), is trying to sit up from laying down, and I’m pretty sure she’s cutting a tooth!  Her personality is starting to really show too!

3 comments June 20, 2009

Baby #3’s First Photos

img001You can’t tell much about Little Peanut, but here are his/her first photos!

1 comment June 19, 2009

Baby #3: The First Appointment

I had my first exam today for this pregnancy.  My blood pressure was wonderful and I have gained three pounds.   The midwife told me that because my body had not fully recovered from the last pregnancy I would feel the pains of this pregnancy sooner and more intensely.  She was mashing around on my abdomen and she hit a spot on my right side that almost made me come up off the table and I was almost in tears.  She moved on to the left side and was happy that I was having no pain in that side.  She tried to find the baby’s heartbeat, but couldn’t so she did an ultrasound to make sure the pregnancy wasn’t ectopic.  I was pretty nervous, but when she did the ultrasound she said the baby was in the uterus, but just to make sure she didn’t miss something she would refer me to the local hospital for another ultrasound ASAP since their equipment is better.  My next appointment is in five weeks.  I did get three pictures of the baby and I tried to figure out how to scan them, but I really don’t have a clue what I’m doing.  Maybe the hubby can explain how to scan when I talk to him again!

1 comment June 18, 2009

Mouthing Off

I have had issues with my teeth and jaws ever since I can remember.  I hate going to the dentist because I’ve never had a good experience in visiting them, so I will put off a visit until something happens and I have to go.  Which is what happened today.

I knocked out the halves of two of my front teeth in third grade in a horrible bicycle accident, the day before my family went on vacation.  Of course, I had to wait until we got back to have them fixed.   I remember my mama packing all the bandages and ointments that I had to use everyday on my face, knees, and elbows.  It was horrible!  Once back home, I was referred to a special dentist to have my teeth bonded.  It wasn’t too bad of an experience!

I had braces from 6th grade until 10th grade and wore a retainer for a year after.  Before getting those metal beauties I had six teeth pulled, had to be put to sleep because they had to cut some out from under the gum.  After wearing those lovely metal pains in the butt for years and a reatainer for a year you’d think things would have been solved.  Well, you’d be wrong.  After six months of not wearing the retainer my teeth began to shift.  Needless to say my parents were less than impressed after they spent thousands of dollars only to find all that metal did not do what they were meant to.  

I had seen an oral surgeon after graduating for jaw surgery, which he postponed hoping that things would improve on their own.  At that visit I was told I’d never have to worry about wisdom teeth because I didn’t have roots for them.  Two years later, my jaws were swollen and any activity that involved opening my mouth was out.  After a visit to a dentist I was referred to the same oral surgeon for the removal of, yep, wisdom teeth!  Did they come in straight and nice to make it easy on everyone?  Nope, they were crooked and one came in sideways.  I remember all this so well, because my hubby, then my boyfriend, took me for the surgery, the week of our first anniversary!  We went to Olive Garden for dinner, because, well, pasta doesn’t take that much effort to eat.  I was swollen and miserable and I’m sure so pretty!  The next day they cut those suckers out.   

When we lived in El Paso the bonding on one of my teeth broke and I had to go have it repaired.  The dentist was very nice and told me I needed to make an appointment for x-rays, a cleaning, and possibly a referral to an oral surgeon.  What is up with my need to be seen by a surgeon every time I see a dentist???  Anyway, I made the appointment and then chickened out two days before and cancelled.  In my defense, my husband was deployed and I didn’t have a babysitter for Monkey.  Looking back, I probably should have kept that appointment.  

So, you see, every time I go to the dentist, it turns into a big, painful, and frightening ordeal and I’d rather just avoid it thank you very much.  

So, Sunday I  was eating a sandwich and something broke.  I was afraid to swallow my sandwich because I didn’t want to swallow whatever broke off.  So, gross as it sounds, I dug out what ever broke off and then swallowed my bread.  I got on line and looked up dentists in this area that took the military dental insurance.  I was thrilled to find that the dentist that does everything, surgery, general dentistry, braces… I mean everything is a tricare dentist! I called Monday, but they were closed.  I called Tuesday and they got me in today!  They  emailed me a welcome packet, I filled it out, and faxed it back.  So, when I got there today I was met with smiles and handshakes and offers for juice and water.  They took the time to go over the papers I faxed over yesterday.  I told the nurse my mouth was bad and she laughed, but soon realized I was not kidding!  So, they took some digital photos of my mouth from all different angles and put them up on a screen.  We went through each picture and discussed it.  Then, the dentist came in.  All three of us discussed the state of my mouth and the best way to proceed with treatment.  Being pregnant is going to cause a few complications in this quest for a beautiful healthy new mouth, but that’s ok, we’ll just take it a step at a time!  

The bad news is that there is so much that needs to be done.  X-rays to look for joint problems in my jaws, debreeding (which sounds so bad) to remove built up calcium and plaque all in hopes of improving the health of the gum tissue, more cleanings, a couple of fillings, and then braces to stop the wear of my teeth on one side and correct the bite on the other side.  30 years old and going the route of braces again!  Maybe this time they’ll work! Oh, and did I mention the bone loss in my upper teeth?  Yep, so that has to be stopped and repaired.  He didn’t tell me how they repair that and I’d rather not know, just put me to sleep and do what ya have to do!  A lot of the cosmetic stuff will have to wait until Baby #3 is here.  At least we have a plan of action and I’m excited to start on this long road to a new smile!

3 comments June 17, 2009

I’m A Hungry Girl

hungry_girlI have been so incredibly hungry with this pregnancy.  I was never this hungry this soon with my other two.  I’m afraid if I keep eating every time my stomach growls (which is all the time) I’ll be the size of a house by the time this baby gets here!

I ordered Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 and Hungry Girl Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt Free Eating in the Real World before I found out I was expecting.  I’ve thumbed through them several times and most of the recipes sound delicious and healthy.  So I decided to make a couple of the recipes today and I was not disappointed!

I made Strawberry Cheesecake Minis and they are still chilling, but they smell incredible and the batter was very tasty!  The great part about these little yummy’s is that they only have 65 calories per cheesecake.  Now the hard part will be eating only one!  Then I made a creamy vanilla dip for fruit.  It was awesome!

I am going to be making the Slow Cookin’ Pulled Chicken over the weekend and can’t wait to taste it with some cole slaw and pickles.  Yum, pickles!

The recipes in these books are low cal, low fat, and low in sugar.  All this is very good news for someone who is a very hungry girl!

Add a comment June 12, 2009






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