Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holy good news!

Wow, 2011 has come to an amazing end! I'm SO ready for 2012, and I feel it's going to be a great year!

First of all, I was extended and accepted an internal job offer with Schindler! I've been trying to get out of SCSN (my current department) for about two years now, for many reasons. I've been turned down for two positions, and was feeling really discouraged. I had applied for two internal positions at once this time around (accounting and scheduler), and was told by HR that I was being considered for both of them. The hiring process for accounting was much quicker than that of the scheduler position. I honestly told HR that I was prepared to accept whichever offer came in first. Marilyn in accounting called me on Tuesday and extended me an offer, which I promptly accepted! I'm so very excited to finally - after three and a half years - be moving on from customer service in SCSN! Plus, I'm going to be back on full-time day hours, which will be so great being at home with my family in the evenings again. I really miss that.

So, after getting the job, I started a frantic search for daycare. The first place I went was Scary. I met with a lady who's ad sounded nice. But I was not impressed. When I got to her house, the 3 kids that were there looked bored out of their minds, and it seemed to me that she was more concerned with keeping her house clean than she was keeping the kids entertained. I asked a friend of mine, who's little girl just turned old enough to go to "school" at Willow, where Hendrix goes, who used to keep her daughter, and got a referral from her. I called her last night, met with her today at 4, and we have a winner!

Her name is Angie. She's somewhere around my age. She's the cousin of a good friend of ours from church. She has a son who is 2.5, and a daughter who is 9 months. She watches a couple other boys as well. Her house is nice, but there was kids stuff everywhere, which made me comfortable. She said in the summer they play outside all the time. It just felt right. So I'm taking the kids to meet her Friday morning, and they'll start a few hours a day while I transition starting on Tuesday.

Thank the Lord for everything falling into place. I feel like I've been waiting for "this" forever! We are going out with some friends (one of whom connected me with Angie) for New Year's Eve to dinner, then back to their house. It was just going to be a new year's celebration, but I now have so much more to celebrate!! Yahoooo!

Hope everyone has a very Happy New Year. Bring on 2012!

Christmas 2011

I'm not going to lie: I'm glad Christmas is over. I'm not a hum bug. It's just always so busy and tiring.....and expensive! We did have a great Christmas though.
Friday, December 23, 2011

Matt got home early, and we were on the road by 2 pm. We arrived to my mom and dad's house around 4:30. Of course, my mom, sister, and niece all ran to us and grabbed the boys up. Hendrix loved the attention, but I think it scared Jamers a bit. He did his infamous pathetic pucker and started crying. He settled down quickly, though, after he realized that everyone there was alright. :) We had breakfast (pancakes and smokies) for dinner, then opened gifts. It was really nice.

Saturday, December 24, 2011
We headed out around 10 am for Elwood. Once there, we just hung out, munched on snacks, then opened gifts. We left around 5 pm and arrived home about 8 pm. Once we got the boys to bed, I set up the tent, and Matt set up the choo choo train. I put the few gifts we had under the tree. Below is a picture of Landon and Hendrix playing with grandpa. So cute!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

For the first time in years, we were able to wake up in our own home on Christmas morning! This was - and will continue to be - important to me, now that Hendrix is old enough to understand Santa. I was up first with Jamers, and Hendrix and Matt came down shortly after. Hendrix was initially excited about the tent, but then discovered his cool wooden choo choo train. It was a big hit. :)

Overall, we had a great Christmas, despite my ridiculously annoying sinus infection! It's always great to get home and see family, but always so exhausting as well.

Hope everyone had a great holiday. Time to make those New Year's Resolutions!

Monday, December 19, 2011


I was trying to decide what to make for Hendrix and I's lunch today. Thought about grilled cheese: boring. Thought about quesadillas: didn't have any shredded chicken. Ham and cheese sounded good, but Hendrix had already had 2 pieces of toast today. So I got creative. Hot ham and cheese, on tortilla.

I made them just like you would make a grilled cheese. I just buttered the tortilla. Put it in the skillet, butter-side-down, and layered cheese-ham-cheese. Browned both sides, and voila! Ham-and-cheese-a-dilla! Pair that with a side of carrots and pears (pears are absent from the picture, because they were the first thing to go down the hatch, of course), and you've got a very toddler-friendly lunch! (Momma enjoyed it as well!)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Speedy December!

I realized today that there are only 13 days until Christmas - yikes! Time to start making my lists and checking them twice.....this month is slipping away very quickly.

Luckily, I'm pretty much done shopping. The only thing I still need to get are gifts for Hendrix's teachers at school. I think I'm just going to do lotion and a candle, or something along those lines.

We aren't having any company at our house for Christmas, but I really want a very clean house for the holiday. It seems to make being at home so much more cozy. We're going to be gone that Friday and Saturday, getting back home late Saturday evening. I really want to wake up Sunday morning to a clean house so we can just lazily enjoy our Christmas. :) That being said, time to make my cleaning lists and start crossing things off!

We had a nice (lazy) weekend. Friday I went out for a run, and we had pancakes for dinner. :) Saturday, we had a very lazy day, and just hung out around the house all day!

I went out to dinner with the girls from church that evening. We went to Chili's. It was really enjoyable. I also bought myself a pair of thermal running tights while I was out. Can't wait to run in them this weekend! Sunday, we went to a Christmas party for Chief Supermarkets. The boys sat on Santa's lap. Hendrix was not scared of Santa at all, as you can see from the picture below. Jameson was just interested in pulling on Santa's beard. Hehehe.

It was a nice weekend. Now - time to get to work on my lists! :o)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Running Stats (Dec 5 - Dec10)

It's been a while since I've posted running stats. Here they are for this week:

Monday, 12/5
3 miles (treadmill @ work)
10 min/mile

Tuesday, 12/6
Weights, pilates

Wednesday, 12/7
3 miles (treadmill)
10 min/mile

Thursday, 12/8
Rest day

Friday, 12/9
5 miles outside
(haven't downloaded my run onto the computer yet, pace somewhere around 10 mins)

Saturday 12/10
Rest day

Total miles for the week: 11

My 5 mile run is definitely the longest distance so far for me. My muscles got a little tired, but my breathing was really controlled the whole time, which made me happy. It's crazy what your mind and convince your body of......running my 5k's, I have been pretty tired and ready to be done around 2.75 miles. But at 3 miles yesterday, I totally felt like I had the remaining 2 miles in me. It's such an awesome feeling. I've still got 19 weeks until the 1/2, and I think I just may be able to do this! :o)

Plus, when I weighed myself on Wednesday evening, I was at about 138.5, which is the lowest I've been in years!! I weighed 141 when I got pregnant with Hendrix. Loving the fact that I weigh less now than I did before I had both my children. :)

I sold my breast pump last week and have $80 burning a hole in my pocket, so I'm planning on going to Second Sole Running Shop this evening to buy a pair of running tights.

Loving it! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

13.1 !?!??????

I'm freaking out a little. A runner friend of mine has asked me to train for and run the Glass City 1/2 Marathon in April with her. It's April 22nd, to be exact. Not that I'm worried or anything, but that's 142 days from now. That's ONLY 142 days. Oh my this something I want to do? I'm scared of failure!!!

But here's the thing.....I'm looking up training schedules on line, and they're all around 9-12 weeks training. There are 20 weeks until the race. I figure if I don't make the distance goal on a particular week, that gives me 8 weeks of cushion.

Here's the deal. I'm not going to just not try. That in itself is automatic failure. Will I be able to do it? I don't know. But I'm going to give it a shot. I mean, I can't imagine the feeling of crossing the finish line, after running 13.1 miles. would most definitely be one of the most awesome accomplishments of my life!!!

I'm going to go out and run 4 tomorrow. I keep catching myself saying, "I'm going to try and run 4 miles tomorrow." Then I correct myself - "No, I'm GOING to run 4 miles tomorrow." This training is going to be grueling, but like I said - how AMAZING would it feel to finish my 1st 1/2 marathon?

Ok people - inspiration appreciated!!! Send it my way!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

In the past couple years, a trend has surfaced, on Facebook, of stating something you're thankful for each day during the month of November. Well, I'm not one of those people who goes along with the mainstream. While I have plenty to be thankful for, I don't want to be "one of the crowd," in taking part in this trend. Hehehehe.

But anyway, I most certainly have a LOT for which to be thankful! So instead of posting it all on facebook each day, I'll just give a little list here. My thankfulness, of course, goes way beyond this list, but these are just a few things:

* My 2 beautiful, funny, loving sons
* My helpful, caring, communicative husband
* My warm, cozy home
* The ability to put a warm and tasty meal on the table each day
* The fact that Matt and I both have steady jobs and income
* Our loving parents and extended families
* God's grace
* Helpful and friendly neighbors
* A young, vibrant, and passionate church family
* The rights I have as an American woman in 2011
* The soldiers that have fought to give me those rights
* My ability and desire to get out and run, in order to be healthy

God is good, folks. God is good. Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gobble, gobble

Wow. I'm pretty much in denial that Thursday is Thanksgiving. Where did November go!?

Don't get me wrong, I'm excited. But man, time is just marching right along!

This year, we are going to Elwood to spend the holiday with Matt's family. It will be a first for us in our marriage. I was thinking back to what we've done each year:

2007: We'd been married a month. We went to Galesburg and spent Thanksgiving at Gigi's house.
2008: I worked Thanksgiving day, and we attempted to cook our own turkey. I think it turned out ok. :)
2009: Hendrix was 1 week old, and Larry and Joyce came to our house for the meal.
2010: I worked, and we stayed home.

This year, we actually get to spend it with all the Metz's, and I'm pretty excited! We're just making a day trip though. Not spending the night. That's just too much for us. But it should be a great day to give thanks for all we have. :)

Someone turned 2!!

Happy birthday, sweet Hendrix!

My little turkey baby turned two years old on Saturday. Wow. We didn't have an official party this year. But my mom, sister, and niece came to our house Friday evening. We had pizza and Hendrix opened his gifts. He got a talking dump truck from Charissa and Rylee. My mom got him some bulldozer/construction equipment bed sheets, fire truck jammies, and some slippers. From us, he got a toy diecast excavator, a transformer action figure, and a lego set. He really loved all his toys!

Saturday, we went to Splash Bay indoor water park in Maumee. We all had a lot of fun, but man was that water COLD! Hendrix loved splashing around, and really enjoyed himself. After the water park, we had cupcakes at our house, then mom, Charissa, and Rylee headed out.

Overall, I think Hendrix had a great 2nd birthday. Can't believe my baby's 2 already!!! Here is is with his Lego R.V. toy (that I put together all by myself, by the way):

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween 2011

Sorry the picture's sideways, but here are my sweet ringmaster and lion on Halloween. <3!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Racing for Recovery 5k

Well, I did it! I ran my first 5k! It wasn't a big challenge, either. I'd run up to 3.5 miles in my training. It was very chilly though. At the start of the race, it was 44 degrees. Brrr! But I paced myself well, and ended up finishing in 32:54, which I calculated to be somewhere around 10:36 min/mile, which was slightly better than I'd done in training. It was awesome, and I can't wait for spring so I can sign up for more races!!

My goal this winter is to use the treadmill during the week to keep up my endurance, and - as long as there isn't any treacherous snow or ice on the ground - to run outside at least once a week on the weekends. I'm so excited! Goooo me! :o)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

There is a recipe floating around out there for 2-ingredient pumpkin muffins. That's right. Just 2 ingredients. Here's one of the websites at which it can be found:

I made these muffins/cupcakes last weekend for Applebutter Fest. They were.......ok. I didn't really taste the pumpkin flavor. Even with the delicious cream cheese icing I added to them, they were still mediocre, at best.

Matt enjoyed them (really, he just enjoyed the icing), and asked me to try them again, maybe adding some pumpkin pie spice to them. So I once again purchased the classic yellow cake mix, and a can of pumpkin. I wandered over to the spice aisle. If you've ever had to purchase spices for a recipe, you know how expensive they are. I took one look at the prices, and decided to use what I had at home.

In addition to the cake mix and pumpkin, I added 1 tsp of allspice, 1 tsp of nutmeg, and 2 tsp of cinnamon. That's it. With what I added, this recipe is still one of the easiest I've ever done. The result? Delicious. Much more pumpkin-spice-ish. And that cream cheese icing.....Mmmmmmm.

I highly recommend!

Running Stats (Oct 10 - 16)

Thank goodness for some warm, sunny days so I could get the Metzters out in the jogging stroller.

Monday 10 Oct - with both boys in the jogging stroller
Distance: 2.07 miles
Pace: 11:01

Wednesday 12 Oct - with just Jameson in the jogging stroller
Distance: 2.52 miles

Saturday 15 Oct
Distance: 3.36 miles

Total miles for the week: 7.95

The race is in 6 days! I'm excited. I'm not looking forward to having to run on the treadmill this week, since the highs are only in the 50's, but I gotta keep up my momentum.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Family Update

Again, it seems all I've been posting about lately has been running. Sorry. I know lots of people don't care about it like I do.

Matt and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary this past Thursday. Our lives have seriously been a whirlwind the whole 5 years we've been together! I wouldn't trade any of our adventures, though. He's such a great husband, daddy, and housemate. I'm quite a lucky woman.

Jameson has to have the sweetest personality on the face of this planet, which is saying something, based on his "personality" the first 3 months of his life. I seriously wouldn't wish colic on my worst enemy (I don't have any of those, do I?)! He just babbles and talks and coos almost the whole time he's awake and it's just too adorable for words! I've never heard a baby babble like him. I just LOVE to scoop him up and smoosh my lips into his FAT cheeks and kiss away!

Hendrix is well........being a typical (almost) 2 year old. Ha!! When he's in one of his moods, just watch out. His big thing right now is "No, I do it!" If Matt or I do something mundane, without giving it any thought - such as flipping a light switch, or closing the microwave door - Hendrix will sometimes just melt down into a huge tantrum that can last for 5 or 45 minutes. Yikes. We do our best to let him do a lot of stuff on his own. That being said, when Hendrix is in an agreeable mood, there's no one in the world I'd rather hang out with than him! He's talking like a champ, and it's just so fun and heartwarming to giggle and play games with him. He loves football right now, which is AWESOME! He's also doing GREAT with potty training. Other than bedtime, he's been in undies since Saturday morning, with only 2 accidents. I'm very proud of him, since he's not even two years old for another 6 weeks (6 weeks - that's all?!??).

We will be travelling to Indiana in two weeks to see Gigi (my mom's mom). We're quite excited to see her. We will also see Matt's family, of course. Matt's dad has just finished his 1st round of chemo/radiation and seems to be in pretty good spirits. All we can do is pray at this point.

Applebutter Fest was this weekend in Grand Rapids. It was crazy as usual. Starting now, I'm going to be focusing on building some inventory of hand-made items, with the hope of taking part in some craft shows in 2012. I just love making things, and hope I can sell some stuff to make a little bit of extra money. Wish me luck!

So, we're doing well! More updates to come. Happy Fall!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Applebutter Fest

It's that time of year again! As I sit and write this post, people are milling about outside, setting up their craft tents and food stands. We haven't been downtown yet this weekend, but I'm sure they've got the big applebutter kettle set up, ready for the festivities tomorrow morning.

It's one of our favorite weekends! Fall is - of course - my favorite time of year, and this festival just envelopes the season so perfectly. It's pretty warm this year. The high today and tomorrow is 83 degrees. But the trees are beautiful. There are bursts of red, yellow, and orange everywhere!

This year, we decided to stock up on groceries, and just stay home all weekend. We're grilling burgers and dogs tonight. Tomorrow, I'm trying a pinterest recipe I found for French Dip sandwiches, and making cheesy potatoes. Ohhhhh, it'll be so yummy! I'm also making pumpkin cupcakes and spinach artichoke dip. Delish.

Hope everyone has as great of a fall weekend as we are! Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Running Stats (Oct 2 - Oct 9)

Tuesday Oct 4
Distance: 2.13 miles
Pace: 11:54
Calories: 237

Thurs Oct 6
Distance: 2.43 (PB with the jogging stroller)
Calories: 272

Sat Oct 8
Distance: 3.27
Calories: 375

Total Miles: 7.83 miles

I'm very excited that I was able to get past 3 miles this morning. I'm 2 weeks out from the race, and was a bit nervous. The most awesome part was that it wasn't extremely difficult to do it, either! Woo hoo!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Running Stats (Sept 26-Oct 1)

This week - though I only was able to get outside once - was one of my best for total miles run. Since the weather is getting cooler, I can't take the boys out with me in the mornings, so I have to settle for the treadmill after work. But as long as I'm pushing myself in terms of my cardio, being healthy is being healthy, right?

Monday, Sept 26 - Treadmill
Distance: 2.50 miles
Pace: 5.5 mph

Wednesday, Sept 28 - Treadmill
Distance: 2.5 miles
Pace: 5.5 mph

Thursday, Sept 29 - Treadmill
Distance: 2.0 miles
Pace: 5.6 mph

Saturday, Oct 1 - Outside
Distance: 2.0 miles
Pace: 10:41 min.
Calories: 254

Total miles for the week: 9

After being on the treadmill all week, I was amazed at how much quicker the distance passes when you're running outside. My 2 miles today felt like it went by much faster than it does when I'm on a treadmill. I only have 2 more weekends to run outside before my 5k on the 23rd. Yikes! Gotta keep up a tough pace.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall is blooming at our house!

Last year, Matt purchased a couple potted mums from the grocery chain with which he works. Once the season was drawing to a close, we transplanted it to our flower bed. Little did we know it would turn into this monster!!!!

Matt's hand is in the picture to give you an idea of how big it is, though the picture doesn't really do it justice. This thing is huge!!! It's probably 3 feet around. And it's not even fully bloomed in this picture. WOWWWW!

We're going to do our annual fall decorating this coming weekend, so Mr. Mumtastic here will appear in a few more pictures, I'm sure. He's a hoss, and now the official 6th member of our family, after Corduroy. :o)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Running Stats (Sept 18 - 25)

Well first of all, this picture sums up what this past week looked like.

My running stats for this last week were horrible.

Sunday, Sept 18th - I took Hendrix for a bike ride.
Distance: 2.28 miles @ 7.6 mph.

Wednesday, Sept 20th - Treadmill
Distance: 2.25 miles
Pace: 5.6 mph

I find it to be getting harder and harder to keep up running outside with the weather getting cooler, and having two young ones at home. If it were just me, I'd have no problem getting outside when it was 50, 40, even 30 degrees. But I obviously can't put the boys in the stroller with it being that chilly out, and for the past few weeks, it's only been in the 50's in the mornings, which is the only time I can run. At this point in the year, I'm just going to have to run on the treadmill at work through the week, and get outside on the weekends. I"m trying not to worry though, because I only have 4 weeks left before my 5k, and at this point, I'm certainly not ready. These next four weeks require complete concentration and motivation. I know I can do it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Running Stats (Sept 11 - Sept 17)

I was only able to run outside twice this week, due to the weather cooling off a lot. Jameson's just too little to take out in the jogging stroller. But I still got 3 cardio sessions in, and I feel good about that!

Tuesday Sept 13th
Distance: 2.02
Calories: 258

Thursday Sept 15th - Treadmill @ work
Distance: 2
Pace: 11:30
Calories: ?

Saturday Sept 17th
Distance: 2.86
Pace: 11:08
Calories: 352

Friday, September 16, 2011

Running Stats (Sept 4 - Sept 10)

I did it - I registered for my first 5k! It's Sunday, October 23rd. I'm nervous, but excited. I've been wanting to run a race for a long time, and was invited to join this one by a co-worker and her boyfriend. So now I have something to work towards in my training. Here are my stats for the previous week:

Sunday, September 4th
Distance: 2.46 miles
Pace: 10:53
Calories: 294

Tuesday, Sept 6th (with the jogging stroller and 2 adorable boys)
Distance: 2.03 mi
Pace: 11:43
Calories: 233

Saturday, Sept 10th
Distance: 2.61 mi
Pace: 10:19
Calories: 310

And amazing news - I weighed myself at work on Monday, and I was 145.5. I weighed myself last night (Thursday), and was 143.5. I lost 2 pounds this week, and I'm only 3.5 lbs away from my goal weight. I couldn't be more excited! I've been doing better this week at making healthy food choices, and drinking water. Good things are happening! :o)

My creative juices are FLOWING!

Sewing machine, I missed you during our short hiatus.

As anyone with children knows, doing anything other than being that "feed-rock-change diaper-repeat process" machine is next to impossible when you have a newborn baby. Especially a colicy one. *shudder*

But, Jameson is 12 weeks old today (yay!), and has been doing amazing for the past couple weeks. He even naps sometimes, now! On the days that Hendrix goes to daycare, I've been able to get out the sewing machine and create things again!

With the ability to do that, along with my discovery of (valuable hours completely wasted, thankyouverymuch), my creative juices are once again flowing. I've even created a store on, in hopes of selling some of the things I make. Here are my new creations:

I hesitated to put these on my blog yet, as they're not completely finished, but decided to do it anyway, since their level of adorableness kills me! These fabric-applique turkey shirts will be on my sweet boys for Thanksgiving. I'm making 3 more in girly colors for my nieces as well. Gobble gobble!

I made these shirts for family pictures that are to take place this coming weekend. We're doing a large family picture, and it was decided that each small family would wear a different color. Well, the Metz's are the red team. I didn't want our smaller family pictures to have all 4 of us in solid red (eek!), so I got the boys white shirts and added some appliques. Loving it! Jameson's shirt is less fancy that Hendrix's, since it's just on a Wal-Mart onesie. But Hendrix's shirt is amazing, I must say. It really looks like something you'd pay about $40 for from Tommy Hilfiger or something. I showed it to Matt. He doesn't get too excited about things like this, but his response was "Oh.My.Gosh." :o)

This, while totally unfancy, was a project that Hendrix and I made together on a cooler day this past week. He received a piggy bank when he was born, but Jameson did not. So we made him one, in animal prints to match the safari theme of this bedroom. This is just an old formula can, decopauged with scrapbooking paper. Simple.

I love being able to be creative again! And with the weather cooling off, I'm having more time to do it, since my monster toddler can't be outside for 23 hours a day (he wishes!). Hope to be posting more soon!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Running Stats (Aug 28 - Sept 3)

Well, it was another crappy week for my running. Boo. I took the jogging stroller out on Monday morning, and got in 2 miles. But I've been having problems with pain in my right foot. I'm hoping, that by staying off of it this week, I'll be back in business. I'm going out this evening, so we'll see how it goes.

Distance: 1.86
Pace: 12:04
Calories: 203

Puny, I know. I have been invited to run a 5k in October, so I'm thinking if I work real hard, and use the jogging stroller, like baseball players put weights on their bats when they're warming up, that I should be able to go 3.1 miles without the stroller with no problem. I've never run an actual race before. I'm nervous! We'll see what happens.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Running Stats (Aug 21-28)

Finding time to run has been difficult, now that I"m back to work. This past week was my first one back. So needless to say, not much running got accomplished. However, last Friday evening, took the jogging stroller out (my only run this week) and managed to still get in a little over 2 miles, so that was very encouraging. I'd rather run without the stroller, of course, but it wasn't as challenging as I expected, and I'm hoping to get into a routine where I go with the stroller in the mornings (like I did today) with the boys, at least until it gets too cold outside.

Friday Aug 26th
Distance: 2.08 miles
Pace: 11:43
Calories: 240

Aaaaaand, that is all. :) Not much running, but I've gotta find my groove, and I have faith that I will find it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Running Stats (Aug 14-20)

Monday Aug 15th
Distance: 1.9 mi.
Pace: 11.40
Calories: 216

Wednesday Aug 17th
Distance: 2.05 mi.
Pace: 12.06
Calories: 229

Thursday Aug 18th
Distance: 1.93 mi.
Pace: 12.04
Calories: 218

Saturday Aug 20th
Distance: 1.93 mil
Pace: 12.05
Calories: 216

Total miles for the week: 7.81

Total miles for 2011: 17.31

I'm finding it harder to find the time to run now that i'm back at work. I'm going to use the treadmill tonight after work, and get back outside this weekend. Cardio is cardio, right? My goal is to stay in good shape, and lose a few more pounds. Doesn't matter too much how that's achieved, i guess. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Random Family Update

These boys have me ll I've posted about lately seems to have been Hendrix's illness, and my running stats. Phew!

By the way, Hendrix is doing wonderfully. He went to daycare yesterday and had a great day. For the past 5 nights, we've gotten long stretches of night sleep out of Jameson. Last night he went 7 hours and 20 minutes - wow! I'm expecting a bad night at any time now, but I'm also very much enjoying the good ones we've had!

This weekend we're travelling home to Indiana to see family. We're just so excited! We haven't been to Indiana in over 5 and 1/2 months. Friday evening, we're getting together with my girlfriends from high school. It'll be a great time. Saturday morning, we're planning on having breakfast with my family in Muncie. After that, we're heading to Elwood to spend a little time with just Larry and Joyce for a few hours before other company arrives. Matt's cousin Lora is coming to visit from South Dakota. We met her when we travelled out there last September. I'm sooooo excited to see her again - what a sweet girl! We're going to spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday with her and Nate, Brittany, Landon, Jon, Rachael, and Gracie. It's just going to be a blast and I can't wait!

Hope to post lots of pictures early next week!

In the mean time, I'm starting my 5th week of my c25k program tonight - exciting!!! I'm not sure how I'm going to fit my runs in once I go back to work on Monday, but I'm determined to somehow do it! We have an exercise room at work, so I may do that Mon-Thurs, then run outside on the weekends. As long as there is no snow on the ground, I plan to run outside through the winter. I'm going to do this!

Everyone have a great weekend - I must get off of here and get some things done. God bless!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Weekly Running Stats (Aug 7-13)

Monday Aug 8th:
Distance: 1.83 mi
Pace: 14.48
Calories: 189

Wednesday Aug 10th:
Distance: 2.25 mi
Pace: 12:34
Calories: 249

Friday Aug 12th:
Distance: 2.09 mi
Pace: 12:59
Calories: 234

Total Miles for the week: 6.17

Tonight completes week 4 of c25k for me. I start week 5 in a couple days. Ready to step up the pace, but a bit nervous. I CAN do this! With running and watching my calories, I'm anxious to see if I can shed these last 7-10 lbs. I'd LOVE to lose. We'll see!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What will it be next with Hendrix???

Our Hendrix has had so many illnesses in his short 20 months of life - and it appears the worst isn't over yet!

Yesterday morning, Hendrix and I were playing out on the front porch while Jameson napped. Hendrix walked away from me, and as I was looking at him from behind, I noticed that his neck looked very thick, like a body builder's neck. He had what appeared to be a large lump behind his left ear. I went over to him and gently felt it, and there was definitely a lump there.

Being the worry-wart that I am, my mind immediately goes to the worst place! I'm thinking my poor baby has some kind of tumor or something. I called the pediatrician at 11 am, and they were able to get us in at 11:50 with his primary care pediatrician, Dr. Toni.

We had just gotten back from running a couple errands in Bowling Green, but we reloaded everyone into the care and headed to Maumee to go to the doctor. When Dr. Toni got in the exam room, I told her a bit about why we were there, she took a look at Hendrix, and said, "Oh wow." It's never good when your doctor is taken aback by what (s)he sees!!!

She checked him out, determined he had (VERY) swollen glands on both sides of his neck, checked the rest of him for anything out of the ordinary, then ordered a chest x-ray (t0 make sure his glands behind his breast bone weren't swollen) and blood work.

So after being in the pediatrician's office for an hour, we headed across the hall to the lab. (At this point, I'm stressing out to the max, and all the while, Jameson was hungry and screaming his head off - yikes!) Once we got signed into the lab, I fed Jameson and he went to sleep - thank goodness! Hendrix got called back, we got his chest x-ray, then moved on to the bloodwork. It was very difficult for me to see him get his blood drawn. The phlebotomists had me hold him in a big, tight bear hug, one of them held his draw-arm, and the other drew the blood. He screamed, of course. And can you blame him? Poor baby was scared.

We finally got out of there, and - as healthy as I'm trying to be right now - I was tired, stressed, and hungry, so we ran through the Wendy's drive-thru and I got Hendrix some chicken nuggets for lunch, because at this time, it was already after 1 pm. He only got 2 down him before he fell asleep.

We got home and both boys were still asleep. Dr. Toni had ordered the lab restuls stat, so I was just waiting for the results. The office called me around 4 pm. Hendrix has mono. Ugh!!! The doctor's orders were that he get rest. He's not to do any physical activity, and this includes running and jumping. He's not to go outside either. This is torture on the poor guy!!! Being outside is his favorite thing in the whole world.

So, needless to say, these next few weeks are going to be rough. He's not been begging to go outside too much today, but he's just bored and stir crazy, I can tell. I've been trying to keep him entertained, but it's hard. We'll see how things go.....Wish us luck!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Update on Jameson

I posted a week or so ago that Jameson was diagnosed with colic and we had switched his formula to Enfamil Nutramigen.

Well, it took about a week, but I'm telling you what - he's a different baby! This Nutramigen is much more expensive than regular formula (as if it weren't already expensive enough), but it's so worth the price to not have to hear that boy scream all the time!

He's started smiling and cooing, and it's been so wonderful! I was actually starting to get worried, because I didn't feel that I'd bonded with him at all. I was talking with Matt about it last night, and he felt the same way. But in the last couple days, we both feel like we've started to bond with him, now that he's such a happier boy. It's so gratifying to have him smile and coo at us, instead of just crying all the time, no matter what we try to do to console him.

So the update is - he's doing MUCH better and we hope it continues!

Now, if only we could get him to sleep a little better at night.......I'm hoping and praying this comes in time. I'm still one sleepy momma!

Sunday Stats (Aug 3-6, 2011)

I follow a blog of a runner who gives her stats each Monday. I like that. I think it would be a good way to keep myself motivated. I think I'm going to start the same thing.

With my new Forerunner, the website to which I download my running information keeps track of my mileage, etc. I think that on Sunday evenings, I'll post my stats for the previous week. You may find it boring, but I love watching how I improve - both on distance and speed, or see where I need to work to improve. And it's always gratifying to see how many calories are burned with each run!

Wednesday, Aug 3 - My birthday run! (My 1st run with my forerunner sportwatch)
Distance: 1.57 miles
Pace: 13.37 min
Calories: 159

Saturday, Aug 6
Distance: 1.76 miles
Pace: 12.53 min
Calories: 183

Total miles for the week: 3.33

Fun, right!? :o)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

c25k progress update

I'm still at it! I'm still loving it!

I've never been one to like running outside, and I think it's because I always started out too strong and was sore and burned out before I could really get into a running routine.

So far I'm loving the c25k program. I completed the first day of Week 3 last evening. It consisted going through the following two times: run 90 seconds, jog 90 seconds, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes. It almost seemed like too easy of a workout, but I'm not pushing myself beyond what the program recommends so that I don't get burned out.

I also ran with my new toy last night!!! With my birthday money, I purchased the Garmin Forerunner 405cx. It has gps in it and tracks your distance, time, calories burned, pace, etc. Then, it wirelessly transmits that data onto the website. It's sooooooo cool! :)

But anyhoo, I'm looking forward to updating this blog as I get closer and closer to my 5k goal! :)

Daycare.....disaster. :(

Well, Hendrix got sent home with a 101 degree fever yesterday, on his first day of his new daycare. I think that's what the screaming and crying was all about yesterday morning. Poor boy.

He woke up good to go this morning though. We'll try daycare again on Friday and hope for a better day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hendrix's 1st Day

I took Hendrix to his new daycare this morning. He was screaming when I left. It broke my heart. :(

I'm sure he'll have a good day though. We got up and ready much earlier than planned. I dropped him off around 7:15, but we'll shoot for around 8 or 8:30 from now on.

It's weird. He's only been home with me for 2 days, but today, with him not being here, it feels different and I miss him!

Can't wait to see how his day went!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A New Chapter in our Daily Lives

Starting yesterday, Hendrix no longer goes to Children's Discover Center. He's home with me Mon-Tues-Thurs, and he'll go to Willow Early Childhood Center (here in Grand Rapids) on Weds and Fri.

I was pretty nervous and anxious about having both boys with me all day long. Jameson is still so's been challenging, of course, but we've survived. This morning I managed to get Jameson to take a nice nap and took Hendrix right outside (while continuously checking on J of course) and we ran and burned off some energy.

With Jameson having been diagnosed colic, I had kind of put the "Baby-Wise" routine on the back burner. If he wanted to fall asleep after eating, then so be it - I didn't want to listen to his crying! But now that he's doing better on this new formula, I'm trying to start it back up. It's hard, managing that routine along with keeping Hendrix mostly happy, but I figure that the hard work will pay off if he starts sleeping better at night. The past two nights, he's slept 4 hours, then 2, and has had me up before 6 am. I'm sooooo sleepy. I have no expectations for him to sleep through the night at any certain age, I'm just wanting him to start sleeping longer, or to give me two 4-hour stretches, instead of one 4-hour stretch then a much shorter one. I'm not picky, just let me get more sleep, kiddo!!!

Hendrix starts his new daycare tomorrow. It's much different than Children's Discover Center. It's very small, but I think it'll be good for him to get out and be social 2 days a week. He needs that in his life, I think. I've been trying to keep him occupied and engaged, but its difficult!

All in all, I'm surviving. Just would really love some more sleep.

Monday, July 25, 2011

c25k - Week 1 complete!

I completed Week 1 of the c25k program last evening!!! It had been about 5 days between my runs, because it's been miserably hot and humid here - heat advisories, and heat indexes over 100 degrees for the past week.

Week 1 had 3 days of workouts, that were all the same. After a 5 minute warm-up, I alternated 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, for 20 minutes, then finished with a 3 minute cool down.

I'm ready to step it up a bit during week 2 and progress on my quest to run a 5k! Plus, I'm ready to burn more calories and lose these last few pounds! :)

Bring it, week 2!!!!!

Rough week...

This past week has not been an easy one. We've spent the last 5 days listening to Jameson scream and cry inconsolably. I took him for his 1 month check up today, and he has been diagnosed with colic. Dr. Toni had me switch his formula to Enfamil Nutramigen. I just gave him his 1st bottle of the new formula, so I'm really hopeful that it helps. She said it helps 80% of babies who have colic.

So far, today has been really great though. He hasn't cried in about an hour and a half, and right now he's laying on the floor kicking and even doing a bit of cooing. I'm really enjoying it!!! I just wish I could get a smile out of him, but I know I will eventually.

I'll keep you updated on the progress with this new formula.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baby Wise - Day 1

So in my frustration from lack of sleep, I'm trying to find ways to get this little newborn of mine to sleep better at night. I'd heard good things about the book "On Becoming Baby Wise." The main theme to remember in this sleep strategy is "Eat time, wake time, and sleep time," and it's important to remember those in that order.

The key is getting your baby on a 2 and 1/2 to 4 hour (depending on age and whether or not it's breastfed) schedule of eating, being awake, then sleeping. Right now (1:30 pm) we're in the wake stage of our second phase. He's a bit fussy, but gets frustrated when the pacifier falls out of his mouth, but I'm not rushing to put it back in every time.....

He has been pretty bad about just snacking when we feed him, and only taking 1-2 ounces at a time. So for the past 3 days, I've been working on getting him to go longer between feedings, and today is the first day I've really applied BabyWise. Keeping him awake after feedings is a challenge as well, but so far, so good. I'm hoping his sleep starts to improve in the next few weeks, because I'm seriously exhausted and at my wits end!!!

I'll keep you posted on our progress!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Back to work in a few weeks...

I got the schedule I wanted for when I go back to work - I'm so excited! I had originally planned on working 5-10 pm M-F, but had a lot of reservations about being away from home 5 nights a week. It was bothering me pretty badly. So I decided I'd see if I would be able to work 5-11 PM Mon-Thurs. They approved it!! Woo hoo!!!

Working a 6 hour shift, I'd have to take a lunch or only work 5.5 hours, so I decided to work the 5.5 to get out of there a bit earlier each evening. Since I'll have Fridays off, I decided to go back to work two weeks earlier than I had planned. So, starting Monday, August 22nd, I'll be working 5PM-10:30PM Monday thru Thursday. I'm excited!

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Ok, this may not be big news to the rest of the world, but its huge to this set of parents: Hendrix went peepee in the potty!!!!!!!!!

We got him a potty last weekend, after he has been showing a bit of interest in "going." He sat on his potty various times, but hasn't done anything. Well, Saturday evening, he sat there, and after my usual prompting (Go peepee in the potty Hendrix, and mommy will get you a treat!), he actually went!!! We made a very big deal out of it, clapped and praised him, and immediately went and got him a DumDum sucker (at 7:40 at night - this is obviously a big deal - sugar that late is unheard of!). We sat him on the potty again this morning, and he went again! So I gave him a bit of cookie (didn't have any more suckers).

Those 2 times are the only 2 times so far, but I'm very encouraged!! We got a pack of Smarties today while at the store to use as bribes. :) Wish us luck for more success!!!

Hendrix's very own potty!

His bribe for using his potty.

Just had to throw this one in there.......LOL!

The MILF-quest has begun!

Ok, if you don't know what MILF stands for, I will not explain it. :)

Anyway, if you've been following my blog for any amount of time, you know all through my pregnancy with Jameson, I've been going on and on about how I can't wait to get back into the work-out routine and get back in shape. Well, I started last night!!!

I've been wanting to do the "Couch to 5k" running program for a while, and I did the first day of that program last evening, after Hendrix went to bed. The idea behind the program is to go from couch (no physical activity) to running 3.1 miles (5k) or 30 minutes straight in 9 weeks. I haven't worked out in about 4 months, so I thought this would be a good way for me to ease back into things. The website advises against pushing yourself harder than the program recommends so that you don't get burnt out. So I'm going to follow the program just as it states to and hopefully it will be very successful for me!

Last night's workout: brisk 5 minute warm up walk, then alternating 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, then a 3 minute cool down. I had no problem last evening keeping up this pace. Grand Rapids is such a cute and quaint little town, and I enjoyed seeing some of it that I don't usually see in my everyday driving. For now, I'm going to get out and do my exercising after Hendrix goes to bed. I'm not sure when I'll squeeze it in once I go back to work, but I'll find a way to do it, I'm determined. I'm very happy with the way I look right now, 3 weeks post-partum with my second child, but I just want to work on toning and trimming, and achieve that MILF status I've been coveting for so long!!! :)

I'll keep you posted on my progress!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jameson is 3 weeks old!

Sometimes its hard to believe that three weeks have passed since Jameson was born, and sometimes it feels like its been many months! Oh, the newborn stage is so difficult.

Jameson is NOT sleeping well at all. I can usually get one stretch of sleep out of him - sometimes 2 hours, sometimes 3 if I'm really lucky - and then he gets up hourly - sometimes more - for the rest of the night. I'm so exhausted. I told Matt that since he's working and I'm not, that he doesn't have to help with the night feedings during the week. I'm now regretting telling him that! I'm sooooo tired and not sure I can continue to do this on my own.

Hendrix has 2 more weeks at daycare, then I'll have him here with me as well. I'll certainly need Matt's help once that takes place. I got him into a daycare center part time (2 days a week) here in Grand Rapids, because I think he needs that element of socialization. But he'll still be here at home with me 3 days. I want to have lots of things planned so he doesn't get bored, but it will be quite difficult with a tiny baby. I hate to wish time away, but I do want Jameson to be about 3-4 months old already. hahaha.

Other than the sleeping thing (or lack of sleeping) things are going well. Hendrix had a good night last night with being gentle to brother. I even let him hold him for a few seconds, as you'll see in the picture below. Jameson still isn't smiling, but he's only 3 weeks today. I don't expect any smiles for a few weeks yet. I remember from Hendrix how rewarding that 1st smile is though! I'm so looking forward to it. Jameson tends to get gas a lot, but we use Mylicon and it seems to help. We're getting through it, day by day. And I know that things will only continue to improve. I've always said the 1-month mark is where it is the most difficult, and we're not even there for another week yet. We'll make it. Things will be getting easier before we know it.

Jameson checking out his surroundings - relaxing in the boppy pillow.

Hendrix got to hold his little brother for the 1st time - he was so proud!! (Jameson looks eerily like me as a baby in this picture - even though its fuzzy!)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our Weekend (July 9-10)

Is it bad that, now that I'm on maternity leave, I look forward to the weekdays more than the weekends? :o) Don't get me wrong, I love my Hendrix more than anything, but that boy is just BUSY!!! There's just no rest with him around on the weekends. I'm going to be pulling him from daycare in less than a month so I'm trying to enjoy my restful opportunities as they come right now. Jameson is not doing so well with the whole sleeping-at-night thing. I'm very lucky to get a 3-hour stretch out of him. He hasn't slept for 3 solid hours for the past 2 nights. I'm tired to say the least!

Other than that, we're doing well. This weekend was kind of chaotic. Matt called me at 9:15 Friday morning and asked if I was ready to get crazy. Larry, Joyce, Jon, Rachael, and Gracie came over Friday night and stayed the night. We had breakfast and lunch Saturday, then they headed back to Indiana. It was enjoyable, and exhausting at the same time. So glad they made it over though!! Saturday evening, we went into Bowling Green to get Hendrix a haircut. He got a buzz cut and it's just so cute!!! We also went to WalMart and got him his very own potty chair. He's pretty young for potty training, and we're aware of that, but he is showing signs of readiness, so we're introducing it to him, not going to push the issue too hard, and just see what happens. He'll sit on the potty, but won't do anything. I think that's probably normal with kids.

This morning, we went to church, came home and napped. Now Matt and hendrix are playing outside, while I'm inside with Jameson. It's so hot out, we fear Jameson overheating, so we don't take him outside other than for walks. I'm sure we'll go on a walk later this evening, when it cools down a bit. It's only mid-July and I'm already ready for cool fall weather. I've got a couple months of scorchers left, I think. Eww.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Bring on week 3 of maternity leave!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Day of "Just us Two"

While I love my husband and Hendrix with all my heart, I'm not going to lie - I was quite looking forward to having them both out of the house today! :o)

Hendrix is continuing to go to daycare, for about 4 and 1/2 more weeks so that I can get some rest and bond with Jameson. Matt has been taking him in the mornings. Jameson and I have spent the day chilling out and resting. I got the dishes done, folded a couple loads of laundry, and am about to attack the toy-splosion that has taken over our family room. With it being summer and us spending so much time outside, Hendrix hardly plays with his toys at all. When we are inside, he enjoys tinkering with things that aren't toys anyway, so I'm going to go through all his toys downstairs, and put some of them in his bedroom, and store others. Hopefully we can restore some kind of balance to the living room downstairs!!

Jameson is doing well. He is sleeping about 2-3 hours at a time. It's hard to be up several times during the night, of course, but I can definitely say that feeding him has been such a different and better experience that it was with Hendrix, due to not breastfeeding. I surely feel like a slave to my breast pump, but it doesn't hurt me to pump like it does to actually have the baby nurse, and Jameson is still getting my breast milk. I figure that if I can only continue the pumping for a month or so, its better than nothing at all. I'm happy with it. :)

I think Jameson may have a clogged tear duct. I noticed some "eye boogers" (as i call them) in his right eye yesterday, and it continued through the night. This morning it was worse, so I of course googled it as much as I could. From what I read, I think it's a clogged tear duct. The goop is white, and I don't think there's reason to be concerned as long as it doesn't turn yellow or green. From what I read, if I did take him to the doctor, there isn't a whole lot that can be done. I've been washing it with a warm washcloth, and I've read that massaging the inner eye can help as well, so I'll do that, and as long as it doesn't get any worse, I'll address it with the doctor at his next appointment in 2 and 1/2 weeks.

We had a fairly good weekend with Hendrix. He's amazing us every day with his language. I was going over all of our names the other evening, and he looked at me and said "Mommy's name Stephanie." Wow! I think its important for young children to know their parents names, their address, phone number, etc, so I'm starting to work on that. He's just such a smarty.

Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Weekend

Happy 4th of July weekend! Hard to believe this year is 1/2 over already - wow!

We've had a relaxing weekend so far. Yesterday, we ran a couple of errands, and had a family movie evening in the living room, because it is so hot outside. The heat index is over 100 degrees this weekend, and its miserable. Today, we went to church and now we're hanging out at home. Matt and Hendrix have been playing outside, but are taking a lot of breaks, because its so hot.

We don't have any plans for tomorrow, the 4th. We thought about going up to Perrysburg to Fort Meigs, but aren't sure. It depends on the temperature.

We're adjusting nicely to being a family of four. Jameson has been sleeping for about 3 hours at a time at night. I have no complaints about that, I don't remember Hendrix sleeping for that long at such a young age. It helps that we're bottle feeding him and I'm not in agony every time he's hungry, due to breast feeding. I am pumping, so he's still getting some breast milk, so that's good. We went to his 1 week doctor appointment on Friday. He weighs 7 lbs 15 oz (was 7 lbs 9 oz when we left the hospital), so weight gain is good. He hasn't gained any length yet, but I'm sure he will in the next few weeks.

Hendrix is handling being a big brother pretty well. He's showing a bit of jealousy, but that was to be expected. Despite the tantrums, he's being a great brother. We try to involve him in as much as possible, and have him help us "fetch" things we need, such a diapers, paci's, bottles, etc. The one thing he's not so good at right now is being gentle. We're working on it though. :)

Hendrix is just talking up a storm! He speaks in complete sentences and you can actually hold simple conversations with him. It's so cool! He's just way too big!!

Here's a picture of Jameson I just took a few minutes ago - he's 9 days old here. This past week has flown. I'm trying to cherish the moments, because I know they'll fly.

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Labor and Delivery

We made it - we have another beautiful baby boy!! Born on Friday, June 24th at 2:27 pm, he weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20.5 inches long.

We went into the hospital at 6 am on Friday, June 24th for induction. I was started on the pitocin around 7:15. I was hoping very hard that it didn't take 14 hours like it did with Hendrix. I was lucky! I started feeling contractions around 9 or so, but they weren't painful, just a tightening feeling. Dr. Leggatt broke my water around 11:15 am to kind of speed things up. Once he did that, things got serious very quickly. The contractions got much stronger and much more painful. I asked for my epidural around noon, and - because it was a slow day at the hospital - the anesthesiologist was up in my room at 12:15.

I was again nervous and hoping that the epidural experience wasn't the same as it was when I had Hendrix - it only worked on my left side. Things were quite different this time around. The epidural worked fantastically, in terms of my pain. My blood pressure did drop very suddenly after I got it, which is a common side effect of the epidural for many women. It got as low as 60/40 at one point, and I could tell it was serious, as more nurses kept coming into my room. I was very dizzy and light-headed, and was told after the fact that I was as white as my bed sheet. I was given 3 doses of ephedrine into my IV, and after about 40 minutes, my blood pressure began to climb back up and the atmosphere relaxed a lot. :) Around 1 pm, Matt and I both went to sleep! I was woken up about 1:45, feeling pressure. The nurse came in at 2 pm to check my blood pressure, as she had been doing all morning. I told her what I was feeling, and she checked me to see how I was dilating. I was complete - at 10 centimeters! How exciting!

Dr. Leggat wasn't at the hospital at the time, so they called him over from the doctors office. The nurse was telling me to hold off pushing as long as I could. With each contraction, the pressure I was feeling was getting more intense, to the point where it was becoming pain. But I was able to hold off. Dr. Leggat arrived, changed quickly into scrubs, and came back in the room and I started pushing immediately. This is the best part - I pushed through 3 contractions, for about 10 minutes - and Jameson was here! Out he came, all purple and smushed up!! :)

I did have a 2nd degree tear, as the doctor had no time to perform an episiotomy. He stitched me up, and all the doctors/nurses were out of the room within about an hour and a half.

Over all, it was a very easy labor and delivery, and I couldn't really have asked for it to go any better, other than the blood pressure scare. And now I have my family, all complete as it should be, and I'm so happy! More to come on life as a family of four soon!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Oh man, oh man I'm the same as there!!

I went to the doctor last Thursday, hoping for good news, and I got it....kind of. :) When I was pregnant with Hendrix, the farthest I got on my own was 1 and 1/2 cm dilated. As of Thursday I was at 3 cm! Dr. Leggat stated the my cervix was soft, but that it had not effaced really at all, and that the baby had not yet dropped. Grr. BUT, that's definitely movement in the right direction!!! He asked me if I wanted to try to go into labor on my own, or if we still wanted to schedule induction for Friday the 24th. As much as I'd love to go into labor on my own, I decided to go ahead and schedule the induction. My mom already has the day off to come and take care of Hendrix, and I'm so incredibly TIRED of being pregnant and hurting. Let's do this. :) So, induction is scheduled for Friday morning and I'm so excited! I go back to the doctor Thursday at 4, and providing nothing has changed significantly, we'll go in early Friday morning to start the Pitocin. Yay!

Baby development at 39 weeks: Baby gets hiccups frequently at this point in the pregnancy, as the amniotic fluid gets into his windpipe. Lanugo has mostly disappeared. The color of his skin is changing from a pinkish hue to a more white, normal looking color. Most babies at this point are around 19-20 inches long and weigh somewhere around 7 lbs.

Tomorrow is my last day of work. As of right now, I have about 11 hours of work separating me from maternity leave and I can't wait!!! I"m only working 7-1 tomorrow, then using those 2 hours of freedom to run any last minute errands I need to do. I plan on spending Thursday on the couch, relaxing, watching TV and movies, because life is about to get quite hectic as of Friday evening!!! My mom is coming Thursday evening so she can watch Hendrix while we are in the hospital.

All the plans are in place, I'm just waiting for Friday. This is the hardest part!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reasons I can't wait to have this baby

Ok, I'll admit it - I don't love being pregnant. Especially after about 30 weeks.

Here are some reasons I'm looking forward to no longer being pregnant!!!

1) To be able to snuggle my little baby boy, of course!

2) Having a somewhat normal body back - and being able to work on getting at least a little bit of sexy back!

3) Beginning the adjustment to life as the new "normal."

4) Going to the eye doctor - I can't see anything!

5) Buying all new lingerie (after I get through the post-partum period of time of course).

6) Sewing myself some new clothes. I can't wait to make myself some new skirts and dresses.

7) Enjoying the simplicity of a simple glass of wine, or a cold beer!

8) Having a bit more energy.

9) No more sciatic and/or back pain!

Ahhhh, it's all within reach. Only 9 days until induction - praying HARD that Jameson decides to come on his own before then........

Monday, June 13, 2011

38 Weeks Pregnant

I'm doing all I can at this point to put myself into labor......we went to El Zarape for lunch on Saturday. Though my meal wasn't too spicy, I'm hoping I had enough spice to do it (doubting it!). Also, I plan on cutting up a fresh, ripe pineapple and digging into it this evening - YUMMY! I haven't had the energy to walk as much as I want, but we've still been walking a lot, since Hendrix loves being outside so much. But the method I'm most hopeful about is the licorice root tea. It's nasty - I mean NASTY. But, if you research it, the research shows that it has been known to induce labor, and I was told at my first OB history appointment to avoid it, as it can induce labor. So I'm attempting to drink 3 cups a day (only had 2 yesterday). I can finish off an 8 oz cup in 4 large gulps, so that's the way I attack it. Hahahaha! It's not the taste that bothers me - it's the sweetness. Natural licorice root is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and it is, in fact, SO sweet that it tastes like that fake saccharin - and leaves the gross aftertaste. But if it helps, it's worth it. I just hope I'm not suffering through this for nothing!

IF all else fails, there are only 11 days until June 24th! I go back to the doctor on Thursday, and I'm going to tell him let's go ahead and plan on induction on the 24th, since my mom already has the day off work. I also let my job know that my last day will be the 22nd, and don't really want to change that. I'm so ready for a break from that place......

Baby development this week: Plenty of poo (meconium) has built up in baby's intestines, and will be expelled shortly after birth. His fingernails have grown past the ends of his fingers, and he may scratch his face in the womb. Lungs and brain continue to develop, and will continue to do so into the teenage years. On average, babies at this point weigh about 6 and 1/2 lbs and are between 19 and 20 inches long.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

37 Weeks Pregnant

I'm full term, finally! Anytime this little mister wants to make his appearance, he's MORE than welcome to do so. I've been drinking my raspberry leaf tea more frequently again (supposed to make contractions more efficient during labor), and have ordered some licorice root tea online (said to induce labor), and plan on drinking at least 3 cups of that a day. We have an appointment this evening @ the hospital, for OB pre-registration. I'm excited!

Here's what's going on with Jameson this week: his growth slows down dramatically this week (thank goodness), though his bones are still very soft and pliable - they'll solidify after birth. He is spending his time in the womb practicing for life outside of it: sucking, breathing, sleeping, gazing, and peeing. Though all babies are different at this point, most weigh approximately 6 lbs, and are between 19 and 20 inches long.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bedtime - update on progress with "the fight"

So, at this point, we're kicking ourselves in the butt. We tried something new on Friday night, and it seems to have done the trick.

For the past four weeks, we've been doing what is referred to as "The Supernanny Method," and that is to just repeatedly put the child back in bed. The first night we did it, it took about 50 minutes. After four weeks, it was still taking us around 35 minutes. From everything I had read online, this "method" should have solved the problem within a week or two. Very frustrating.

So, after much debate and thought, we decided to try just ignoring him completely. We put the baby gate in his bedroom door so he can't get out and get into any of the other bedrooms. We also removed all toys and books from his room so he can't just play. Friday evening was our first night of this method. Matt and I both stayed in his room and kissed him goodnight, and told him (more than once) that he was to stay in his bed and go night-night. We then walked out, went downstairs, and ignored his cried. He stood at his bedroom door and cried (hard) for about 40 minutes. It was brutal. I had planned on not going back up there no matter what, but I think he had Matt just as upset and I, because after about 30 minutes, Matt suggested I go up and just try to calm him down a bit. So I did. I gently ushered him back to bed, covered him up, and told him again that he was to stay in bed and go night-night. He screamed harder when I left, and I immediately regretted going up there, but after about 10 more minutes, he was finally out. *sigh*

Saturday evening, we did the same thing, and he only cried for about 7 minutes!! Matt and I did a celebratory dance in the living room!!

Last evening (Sunday - night #3), I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There was a lot going on at bedtime. Our upstairs - even with our new central air - is at least 15 degrees warmer than downstairs, so Matt put in a window unit in the office and we were using 2 fans to circulate air upstairs, so it was kind of loud. Also, the second we walked downstairs, the neighbor girls rang the doorbell. So I thought for sure we'd have WWIII on our hands. However, much to my sup rise and pleasure, I'll be darned if that little boy didn't even cry for 30 seconds!!!!! He did get out of bed, grab his sippy cup, and take it to bed with him, but that (surprisingly) didn't bother me. He was asleep in his bed with almost no fight! WOW!

I'm hoping we continue like this and he'll get the point and just not fight it at all. Matt and I have our evenings back! YAY!

Our weekend

It was a hot weekend!! Saturday saw about 95 degrees, I think. However, with that little boy of mine, we were of course outside. We first went out Saturday morning around 10 am. We took lots of breaks throughout the day, and re-applied sun screen many times, but we were out basically from 10 am until about 7:30 pm. Whew! The wonderful sun did kiss my shoulders and face, though - finally!

We've been talking for a long time now about tearing down our current deck and re-building. We've started talking more seriously about it recently, and Saturday, late afternoon, as we were talking about it, Matt got out his sledge hammer and the cro-bar, and started removing the top of the lower tier. Exciting!! He has the lower tier 1/2 removed, and plans on continuing at it this week. Here are pics of his progress so far:

Sunday, we went to church (I am teaching Jr. Church last week and this coming week), then came home and napped for about an hour. After nap, I let Hendrix play in the hose for a few minutes - he loved it! Then, I started sewing cushion slip-covers for a glider rocker I picked up for free off the side of the road. :) I've got the back cushion covered, just need to sew the cover for the seat cushion. I used some plain tan fabric we already had, so it didn't cost me a thing - and we'll have another rocker for upstairs within a day or two - sweet deal!

Overall, it was a really great weekend. If it's not miserable this coming weekend, I'd like to take Hendrix to the zoo again before he becomes a big brother. And if it is miserable, we'll settle for the Grand Rapids swimming pool!!

Just for fun - here's a cute pic of Hendrix and daddy. Hendrix loves to wear Matt's hat, and he had it on for a good 30 minutes or so last evening - just too adorable!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Hobbies, hobbies, hobbies!!!

I think I have too many hobbies for the amount of available time I have.......

As much as I love to crochet, I just don't have time for it right now! This morning, I packed up all the yarn I had upstairs in the guest bedroom, and gave it to a co-worker who crochets. All that yarn was just taking up space in a storage compartment that I have, and I can use the storage for my sewing supplies now.

Speaking of sewing - that's my newest crazy obsession. :o) So far I've made that pair of pajama pants, a very pretty skirt, and as of last night, I just finished a BosomBuddy/HooterHider/Breast Feeding Cover. It's very cute. I bought discount fabric that I really wasn't in love with, but it turned out very nice, and I'm looking forward to using it (hopefully very soon) with Mr. Jameson! I've included pictures of it below:

Draped over the chair.

Gives you an idea of its size.

You can see the neckline contains something called "boning" which allows the neck to stick out and you can still see the baby, and what you're doing.

I loved this little project. It took me two nights to complete, but with an adequate amount of time (yeah right), I could probably whip one up in less than 2 hours.

I've also been working on getting Hendrix's 1st year scrapbook finished. He's 18 months now, and about to get a younger brother, and the pictures are just going to keep backing up, I know it. I'm about at his 8 month pictures right now I think. We're getting there!

So many crafts, so little time!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

36 Weeks Pregnant

For whatever reason, I feel like hitting the 36 mark is a milestone, though full term isn't until 37 weeks. Maybe it's because 36 weeks = 90% of the way through.

The weather's most definitely getting hotter and muggier, which means it's getting more difficult each day to be this pregnant. I feel so lazy sometimes, when we're outside with Hendrix, cause my big booty spends most of the time on the porch swing, or in one of the deck chairs. My cool husband is ok with it though, and very understanding.

Matt's brother Jon and his wife Rachael had their baby girl on Sunday. Gracelynn Aubrey Metz was born around 9 am (not sure of the exact time) and was 7 lbs, 7 oz and 20.5 inches long. I'm next and it couldn't get here sooner!

I called the hospital and made my pre-registration appointment for the OB department. We go Tuesday evening June 7th at 4 pm. While we were outside yesterday, I put the car seat base in the backseat and got that all situated. My car's going to be crowded! :) All we need now is another baby....

Here's what's going on with Jameson this week: He continues to gain about 1/2 lb a week. His gums are firm and have ridges where he'll eventually get his teeth. He has periods of sleep and wakefulness (though it seems like the wakefulness happens WAY more). HE is around 18.5 inches long, and around 6 lbs.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

35 Weeks Pregnant

I went to the doctor on Friday and got a chance to speak with Dr. Leggatt about induction. I learned that - legally - doctors are no longer allowed to perform elective inductions before 39 weeks. Which makes sense, I suppose. But, I explained our situation with Hendrix, and Dr. Leggatt said he had absolutely no problem inducing me at 39 weeks. So, we're looking at the week of June 20th. Yay!

Baby development this week: Baby's main job this week is just to keep gaining weight. Liver has begun producing waste. His finger and toenails may be so long they curl over the tips of his fingers and toes by the time he's born.

Not a lot going on in terms of development. I can definitely say that this little boy's kicks straight up hurt now. He's either a very large baby, or he's bony. Every time he stretches or rolls, it causes me to wince in pain. Eeeeeek I'm ready for his eviction!!!!!