Monday, July 6, 2009

Crazy Train

The last couple weeks are really what has kept us so busy. Two weekends ago, we went up to see my Grandma with Mom and Dad. We spent Saturday with her, and had a really nice visit. Then Sunday, we drove over to Cleveland for a relative's graduation party. Well, we had no sooner gotten home Sunday night, and we found out that Grandma had fallen and was in the hospital.
She ended up passing away on Tuesday morning. It was very surprising, but somehow easier than when Grandpa passed about three years ago. Grandma was ready to be with him, and I think that was comforting to me to know they were back together, just how she wanted.
Anyhow, I was sick all day Tuesday, so Thom had to stay home to take care of Eli for me. So I drove up Thursday night with Dad, Josh, and Jenny for the visitation and funeral on Friday. Eli stayed home Thursday night with Thom, and spent Friday at the neighbors playing while Thom worked. I came home with Josh and Jenny Friday evening.
Then we were working like crazy to do laundry and clean the house, because Thom and I were leaving for Vegas on Sunday morning. Mom and Dad stayed at our house with Eli, and Bunnell's came in the mornings to pick Eli up while Mom and Dad were at work. So it worked out really well. I actually did okay being so far away from him for 4 days, better than I thought I would. It was a good trip, we had a lot of fun, saw good shows, and actually won at the tables!
So, anyhow, that's a little bit of what's been keeping us so busy the past couple of weeks!

Baby, Baby

We had our big ultrasound a couple weeks ago. I love doing this for so many reasons. Obviously, you get to see the baby. And Thom comes with me - he doesn't usually come to appointments with me, as it's easier for him to stay home with Eli and me to come alone time (yeah, it's for an appointment, but I'm still alone!) But I also love how the tech points out all the baby's organs and body parts. And the baby was looking right at us when we started, which was neat. But the baby was very cooperative with the ultrasound, moving just enough so we could easily see everything. So we got a ton of pictures, including some cute ones of just feet, and the baby waving its fist at us, and in all kinds of positions.

Thom does know what the baby is, so I'm allowed to say that it's a boy! We're very excited, and even more excited that everything looks great and very healthy. I'm also happy that this baby does not move around quite as much as Eli so far. Eli always felt like he was auditioning for every part in Cirq Du Soleil, so this is a nice change for now.

Otherwise, as far as the pregnancy goes, I'm doing pretty well. I'm having trouble with my back, but have been seeing a chiropractor for a while now. I'm down to seeing her once every two weeks probably until the baby is born, and she thinks I'll probably need one or two more adjustments after the birth. My hips also feel a lot more sore this time also. I don't know if this is just because it's my second pregnancy or what, but I don't remember them feeling like this with Eli, at least not this soon. But I still wouldn't trade any of it - I do love being pregnant (just don't ask me if I still feel this way closer to November!)

It's Been a Long, Long While

Well, apparently, we've been really busy lately and updating took a backseat for a while. I'll try to break down the last several weeks into a couple shorter posts with some pictures.

Our trip to Hilton Head the end of May was really great. We had wonderful weather - I guess the two weeks before we got there were cold and rainy and miserable. So we got lucky and got in lots of good beach time. Eli had fun at the beach, but really would rather be swimming in the pool. So there were several trips from our post at the beach up to the pool.

We realized that this is the last year that one of us (Thom or me) could relax while the other is entertaining or watching Eli. Next year, there will be two little ones to entertain/chase/watch. So we tried to enjoy this while we could!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

3 + 1 = 4

That's right, our family of three will soon become a family of 4!! I am about 14 weeks pregnant, due November 17 (on my Grandma Mehling's birthday, and two days before my 30th birthday!)

Of course, we're very excited, as is the rest of the family. I still think Josh's reaction was one of the best. We just kind of let it come out in conversation, and I don't think he really realized what was said right away, so we repeated the news, and he was very surprised.

And Thom was going to take me to Vegas for a surprise for my 30th birthday in November, but we changed plans and are going the end of June. We realized if we didn't go before the baby came, it would be a really long time before we could go!

So that's our latest family news. I had an ultrasound a couple weeks ago, and everything looked good. And I heard the heartbeat at my appointment last Wednesday. My fibroid that shared space with Eli when I was pregnant with him, is already up and growing with the new baby - in fact, it was twice as big as the baby at my ultrasound. The benefit to that is that I will probably have at least one extra ultrasound in addition to the 20 week ultrasound.

Speaking of ultrasounds, Thom says he doesn't want to know the sex of the baby this time. So don't be bugging me about what it is! It will completely be up to him if he wants other people to know (but that doesn't mean to fill his email inbox with pleas or to harass him when you see him!).

Anyhow, I will try to post more throughout the summer. We're leaving next weekend for Hilton Head, so I'm sure we'll have good pictures from the trip.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

Here are some Easter pictures. . . finally! We got to see the Easter bunny twice - once at our gym, and he came to our neighborhood, too. We found out very quickly at the gym that Eli loves the Easter bunny. He immediately started waving to the bunny and saying "hop hop." We actually had quite a struggle getting him to leave the bunny alone so other kids could have their picture taken with the bunny. Those of you who saw our Christmas card know the terrified relationship Eli had with Santa, so loving the Easter bunny was a nice change!
We had a great Easter. Eli loved everything the Easter bunny brought him, and we especially love the new Backyardigans video he got, because we were getting tired of the other one we have. So there's a picture of him with his new video, which he insisted on taking to church with us. After dinner at Mom and Dad's, Eli was very happy to show his belly to Aunt Jenny so she could tickle him like crazy. And if she stopped, he would say (and sign) "more, more!" And he finished up the day with a ride in the golf cart with Thom and Uncle Josh.
All in all, the day was great, although next year I'll hope for warmer temperature!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Piano Men

As you can see, I haven't had a lot of extra free time lately, it seems. But I wanted to post about one of the best evenings of my life.

Last Tuesday we went to see Billy Joel and Elton John in concert!! It was absolutely amazing. Thom took me to see Elton John a couple years ago for my birthday, which was also amazing, but it was just incredible to see the two of them perform together. They started by performing 4 songs together, then Elton John played for an hour, then Billy Joel for an hour, then together again for another hour. It was non-stop for 3 hours and 20 minutes. My throat was pretty soar by the time we got home, I was screaming so much and sang throughout the entire concert.

My parents also went with my aunt and uncle and another couple. They ended up right behind Elton John, about 12 rows up. I'm going to try to get some of my aunt's pictures and I'll post them.

But if they will be anywhere near you, and you can get your hands on some tickets, go! It was worth every dollar, and I would go again in a hearbeat!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

More Crazy

So in addition to our strange weather, a couple other crazy things have happened this week. First, I enrolled Eli in a 2 year old preschool program for next school year! There's a lot of crazy in this: first that he's going to be 2 this year, and second that it's actually time to think about preschool! I know a lot of kids start preschool at age 3, and that's when our church preschool starts. But since I stay home with Eli, I thought it would be a good idea for him to have a social and structured environment also. He loves going to the nursery at the gym now, so I hope he'll love this, too. He'll just go 2 days a week, and I'll have 4 free hours each day, which I think is important, also.
Okay, and here's the second bit of crazy this week: I saw Eli throw his foot on top of the front rail of his crib, over the side, and then he straddled the rail while holding on to the end of his crib!! What?! The other day he woke up from his nap in a great mood, and was very happily playing in there. I asked him if he wanted out, and he shook his head no. So Thom called, I got the phone, sat in the rocker in Eli's room, and was talking to him, when lo and behold Eli started his acrobatic tricks. I just about fell over. I did jump up and stand next to him (even in my shock, I wasn't ready to let him fall), and kind of wanted to see how far he could get. I couldn't believe he could do that, and definitely didn't want him to go all the way over. So the bed has one more notch we can lower it, and we'll see what happens after that. I'm hoping this was a one time (for now) freak thing that he did while he was playing, and that it won't happen again for a while. Because I am definitely not ready for him to be climbing out of his crib yet!!