Sunday, January 31, 2010

Emma is home!!

Yay! My baby girl is home! She spent the weekend at her Teta & Geddo's house. It was weird waking up without her here bc she usually crawls into bed with us in the mornings. My parents came over Friday and picked her up. That night we went out to dinner with friends and Saturday morning I woke up thinking, "man Emma is sleeping late." I had to remind myself she wasn't here! I did the same thing this morning when I woke up for church. When I remembered she wasn't here I realized I could snuggle back up under the covers a while bc I only had myself to get ready for church!

Saturday we had a lazy day in the house, but then had a nice date night and went out for fondue at The Melting Pot. It was so yummy! We haven't been since I was pregnant with Emma. It was nice to have a date night/weekend before the baby comes bc I know after he gets here it'll be a while before we get to again.

Tomorrow is my daddy's birthday so today we all went over to my parents' house for lunch and birthday cake - and to pick up Emma. The cake didn't make it till lunch though bc Emma wanted a piece early and of course her Geddo obliged!! LOL

Now that Emma is home it's noisy and back to normal aroudnd here!! I like it! I missed her bunches even though she asked stay with my parents again tonight!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

So glad to know my words are getting through!

When Emma toots (yes, little girls toot) she would let us know by saying, "I tooted." When she first started saying we thought it was funny & cute so we laughed...mistake! That, of course, made her want to tell us every time it happened and now I wish she wouldn't announce her flatulence with every occurrence!!  So, now when she says it I tell her, "That's a secret so don't tell anyone. Just say excuse me if someone hears it instead." Well, this morning the babysitter called me to tell me that she overheard Emma toot this morning and say to the other little girl with her, "I tooted - but it's a secret!!!" Hey, at least I know she is listening!

(cute onesie from the shower on Saturday)

Thanks Jamie!!

Jamie did an excellent job Saturday throwing a baby shower for us!! It was so much fun and everything looked so beautiful!!

(I should've put my shoes back on for this shot!!)

Everyone was impressed with her creativity - she had yummy food...with hand-dipped, chocolate covered strawberries & fruit skewers that were delicious...

Awesome decorations she made herself (I think she was told that she should go into business!!) The pom-poms are still up by the way - Emma had fun eating dinner under them!! LOL

Hand-dipped, candy coated pretzels as party favors - these were yummy, too and a super cute idea for the favors!

And of course a yummy cake from our favorite bakery - Lindy's! Michael polished the last of this off last night by the way!!

I am so thankful Jamie- it all turned out so wonderful! And also thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate our little boy! He is lucky to have to many wonderful people that love him already! He got so many cute, cute clothes - I am going to have to suit him up in each to take pictures while they are still nice and clean before the spit-up and blow outs occur!! Ha ha!

This is a link to the rest of the pics from the shower and all the cute things everyone brought!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


She had such a blast today and is now konked out!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Four More Weeks

And they cannot come soon enough either. I am seriously swelling now, though at my now-weekly appointment this past Wednesday my doctor told me everything was fine and just to keep my feet up when I can. It's not only my feet, though - it's my calves, my hands, my face...everything. I think even my nose has swollen. Ugh! Honestly, though I cannot really complain too much b/c with Emma all this started around month five or, to not have to deal with it too much until this last month is a blessing.

Wednesday was my first weekly visit to the doctor - from here on out it's every week. I haven't started dilating & he hasn't dropped any, but she said that doesn't really predict anything about timing of labor. I could go the full four weeks or I could go into labor tomorrow. Nice - and I still don't have my bags packed. That's a task I must complete this weekend. I need to get the rest of the room finished, too. I have the valance for the window, but need to get a curtain rod to hang it and I bought a 2nd comforter for the crib that I am going to use as a wall hanging. Mother is putting some loops on it now for me so I can hang it on the wall. I don't think we're going to get the room painted liked we had wanted - time just crept up on us, so I think the things we got to hang on the wall will have to do for now.

(This is the 2nd comforter we bought to hang)

I'm feeling more nauseous these last couple of weeks, too and my headaches are back. Poor Michael - all I do in the evenings is whine!! He's holding up pretty well, though - last night he rubbed my feet and legs for me b/c they were so swollen and aching. I had every pillow in the living room piled high with my feet propped up on them trying to get the swelling to go down some. I did get some relief.

I am very anxious for him to get here - but am also getting to that point where I'm a little anxious about delivery. I know what to expect now and hope it won't be as bad the second time around, but it's also still a bit scary. I mean, you know something painful is coming and you can't do anything about it - even with drugs it's still not fun!! It was expected with Emma - I mean, it was my first time so of course I should be a little scared. I didn't think I would be this time. And it isn't bad - don't get me wrong, I'm not having nightmares about it or anything, but it's just that unknown factor of how everything is going to go and the anticipation of the unavoidable pain that comes along with delivery. I think any woman who says they aren't scared at all is either lying or already on the drugs when she says it! LOL

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hanna Roll

So, I tried out a new Japanese restaurant for lunch today - Fudoku. The restaurant has actually been here a while, but it had a different name & honestly wasn't wonderful. Now it's under new ownership/management and it was yummy!!!

I went by my self so I sat at the bar, which is always fun! The sushi chef behind the bar and the hostess both commented about me being pregnant and asked how far along I was. When I told them I was due in 5 weeks they started commenting about how big I was - and actually asked me if I was having twins!!!! I pouted and said I was going to leave b/c they were making me feel bad.

(So, here's me at 35 weeks)

(See Sable behind me trying to sneak into my closet!?!?)

Then the hostess asked what I was having and said that her mother always said that when women are pregnant with little girls the baby sucks all the prettiness away from the mother; that when it's a boy though the mother is radiant and beautiful! She said she could tell I was having a boy. Okay - little redemption there! They said they always guess when pregnant women come in and they are usually right.

Finally the talk turned away from my belleh to food - Mmmm, sushi!! The chef asked me what I liked, "Cooked, of course," he said. So, I told him my favorites and he made me a special roll with all the yummy cooked stuff I liked. He told me to come back after the baby was born and he'd made me another special roll with all my uncooked favorites - the tuna looked so yummy and the sweet shrimp! 5 more weeks and I can have all I want!! YUM-O!

So, he made me a Hanna Roll! And it was soooo good!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Need a new book to read...

These are three of the books that I read last year - I need some suggestions about a good book to read.

Playing Catch-up

It's been a busy weekend...but a fun one, too - and it was nice b/c it lasted 4 days for me!! Friday was a lazy day - but the only one! Saturday we took Emma to see the Chipmunks Squeakquel. She loved it!!! That evening we had game night at the Mahan's so Emma and all the kids got to spend the evening together playing at the Hayden's house while the adults were playing! Game night was also a cover for a small surprise couple's baby shower! We got a couple cute outfits for the baby and they had the neatest train cake - there were 9 individual train car cakes!!!

And before the actual game night began we got to spend some time playing "Guess the poo!" - thankfully it was really just chocolate!! LOL

The entire evening was a blast and all the kids had a great time, too. Sunday after church Emma & I headed over to my parents' house. My dad's brother and his wife from Cairo are in town for about a week so we wanted to spend time visiting with them. They haven't seen Emma since she was a baby! She had fun showing Uncle Samir how to play her games!

Monday I was off, too - no, our office didn't close for MLK day, but Emma and I had a dentist appointment and since my dentist is 30 minutes away I usually just take the day off so I don't have to rush back to my side of town. You don't change dentists when you find one you love if you don't have to!! It is close to my parents' house, too so we usually just spend the day with them. This was supposed to be Emma's first dentist appointment, too. I really thought it was going to go well b/c she had been talking about letting the dentist count her teeth and mommy's teeth. She marched in all confident - baby & blankie in tow for courage - I asked her if she wanted to sit in my lap or let me help her into the chair. No! She climbed up all on her own - my brave little girl. I took one picture and about a second later the tears started flowing. She was done - wasn't having anymore!!!! We tried a couple more angles to get her to comply, but nothing worked - my dad had arrived by then so she just went home with him while I stayed and had my own cleaning. I scheduled my next appointment for 6 months down the road and had them make another for her, too - we'll see if she is ready then!

When I was done I headed to my parents' house again and the girls (my mother, my aunt, Emma & me) spent the day shopping - then after a late lunch Emma and I headed back home. She crashed for a while before her daddy came home from work. Then the two of them had a date night as I headed out with the girls for dinner/dessert! We (6 of us) went to dinner at Genghis Grill. When we finished eating someone had the glorious idea to head over to Cheesecake Factory for dessert! Yum-O!!! Brilliant idea - I think the credit belonged to Laci!!! We had such a great time - we didn't make it home till after 9:00 (hey, school night and all!!) and all laughed so hard all night! I think we're all ready to do it again next week - at least once more before the baby is born anyway! Though after would be good, too b/c then I would be able to share in the cocktails as well! Only five more weeks! Can't come soon enough either - last night after we all got home I laid on the couch to put my feet up for the rest of the night - my ankles were pretty swollen. Today they aren't quite as bad, but still puffy - as are my face & hands, too. My face looks very round today. At least the week is going to go quickly b/c it's going to be a very busy week, plus tomorrow I'll be going back to the doctor and we have a lunch and happy hour for a coworker that's leaving the company. So sad to see him go. I'll once again be ready for the next weekend when it gets here after everything I'm anticipating for this week!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


I have been reading The Pioneer Woman for quite some time I am sure many of you do as well. I mean, she's awesome. She's a (in her own words) "Desperate Housewife, who lives in the country & channels Lucile Ball & Ethel Merman!" Her website is fantastic, which is evident from the awards she's won, too. She has a main page with daily writings, happenings on their ranch, a cooking section, photography section, home & garden section and a section about homeschooling her four children. I don't know how she has time for everything she does! She's also the creator of Tasty Kitchen. She was on the Bonnie Hunt Show and has recently been on tour (including a trip here to Houston - which I'm bummed I missed) for her new book, which is what I originally started this post about!

When her cookbook first came out I knew I wanted a copy - but it was also when I was buying Christmas presents and I try very hard not to buy anything for myself during that time (don't want to get off track on the gift buying for others). So, I bought a copy anyway - not for me, though. I bought one for my mother for Christmas b/c she is also a fan of P-Dub's. I introduced her to the site and now she reads it more than me I think!! The book arrived well before Christmas so I had a long time to sit with it before I had to wrap it up for mother - I was able to really review it for her!! LOL And it's a GREAT cookbook. It has stories in it, great pictures (PW is an amazing photographer) and all the recipes are delicious. I've made quite a few of her recipes over the years I've been reading and made my own variations of many as well.

So, when Christmas time arrived I new I would have to part with the book - Mother was ecstatic to get it, too. She had made a comment about it when it first came out and I told daddy to do everything he could to make sure she didn't order it b/c I already had a copy of it sitting at my house waiting to be given to her!! Then after Christmas I had three packages dropped off on my doorstep early one morning while I was still sleeping (I took a good long staycation during the holidays). I later got a call from Elaine letting me know that she had been out my way early for work and had dropped off presents for us - Elaine knows me so well for in the box for me was my own copy of The Pioneer Woman's Cookbook!! And she didn't even know that I had bought a copy for my mother! I sat down with my own copy that night like it was a novel! Ha ha!

Thanks again Elaine!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

34 Weeks

Well, it is definitely getting close! I've started having contractions (Braxton Hicks)over the past couple of weeks - nothing too severe and not too frequent. I had them with Emma, but they are a lot stronger this time, which my doctor also said would happen with each pregnancy - so the more kiddos you have the more of these you'll experience.

Today has definitely been the most frequent, though. I've been having about two an hour all day today. They were worse the first half of the day, though and have been a lot better this afternoon. As long as I'm having less than 4-6 per hour, though I'm in good shape. Doesn't make for a comfortable work day, though that's for sure!! My back has been killing me all day and I've been in meetings all afternoon. At some point I just have to stand for a bit b/c of the pain in my back. Wish I could work from a recliner - man wouldn't that be nice? I wouldn't mind sleeping in one either to be honest...trying to find a comfortable position at night is a fruitless effort. I know my days to get the opportunity to sleep through the night are numbered, too so I would really love to find a comfortable position to get a full nights sleep for the next three weeks. I'm just so thankful I'm not suffering too much swelling this time around like I did with Emma (hope I didn't just jinx myself there).

My mother made the baby a beautiful afghan and matching cap that we'll use to bring him home from the hospital - we still need to find a coming-home outfit, too. She's made him quite a few things actually - a quilt, three hats total, an afghan, a new diaper bag and a baby sling - which turned out fantastic. I'll have to take some pictures of it on with one of Emma's baby dolls!! She was going to make me a nursing cover, too but a friend told me about a great give-away that was going on here, so I decided to order one instead. It's all finally coming together - slowly and at the very end like the procrastinator I am! LOL

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Think she's ready to change little brother's diaper??


Today is Michael's birthday!!! We love you so much!!

Hanna, Emma & Baby Boy!!!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Doing Homework

Spoiled Surprise

Saturday is Michael's b'day (he's going to be 33! Hee hee!) and I decided something I wanted to get him was a new fishing rod. See a while back I broke a very nice, brand-new, never used fishing rod when I shut it in the car door. It's been up in East Texas at the camp house ever since and I haven't be allowed to forget I broke it. So...this year I decided to replace it.

I went out yesterday in the cold, without a jacket (yeah, I knew the temp was going to drop, I just didn't grab my coat) and shopped around and got help from my brother and some other guys to find the right fishing rod for him. Bought it. Put it in the car. On the way home I pick up Emma and of course she sees it (can't hide it in the car) and asks about it.

Me: It's for daddy. For his birthday.

Emma: It's a fishing pole???

Me: Yes baby, but you can't tell daddy.

Emma: It's a surprise???

Me: Yes baby, but please don't tell daddy. Okay?

Emma: Okay!! It's a surprise for daddy!!

So, we get home and I think all is good b/c she knows it's a surprise and we hide it in the garage before going into the house. And she doesn't mention it again!

We go in, put our stuff down, take off our her coat (b/c I forgot mine, remember?) and go find daddy. We talk for a while and I think all is fine b/c nothing is said about it, THEN...

Emma: Daddy, I got you a surprise!!!

Michael: Really? You got me a surprise??

Emma: {grinning} Yeah, mommy got you a surprise!!

(At this point I think, "Yay - she's teasing him, but isn't going to say anything...")

Michael: Really? What is it??

Me: Dont' tell Emma - remember it's a surprise!

Emma: Yeah, it's a surprise!! It's a FISHING POLE!!!


No - she didn't just give it away!?!? Yep - she surely did!!! So, out I went to get it and go ahead and give it to him. No point in trying to hide it when she plainly told him what I had for him. Is it really great that she is so alert and aware of EV.ERY.THING!?!?! So, come Saturday he won't have a fishing rod to unwrap after all.

On an up note for the evening I made a killer meal of shrimp & chicken fajitas for us! I'm using a new recipe for Mexican rice that is amazing (I'll share it if you like)! I love it!! I'm actually finishing off the leftovers for lunch right now! Mmmmm...

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Another week closer...

I am so glad that tomorrow is Friday. The closer it gets to the weekend the more tired I become. Actually, I think the truth of the matter is the closer I get to the end of this pregnancy the more tired I become! Monday will bring six more weeks till it's time for my son to introduce himself - his big sister was three weeks early. I'm curious if he'll be as inpatient as she was to meet us! That being said I need to get a bag packed, just in case - which means I need to buy a few things, to0 - a nursing bra & gown for one.

And I still need to get a hamper for his room.

And I still need to buy diapers.

And I still need to buy him an outfit to come home in.

And just some more clothes in general.

When I went into labor early with Emma my only concern was that we had not got the curtains hung in her room yet. He may not have curtains in his room until his first birthday at the rate we're going this time around!!

I think I've started waddling a little, too. My boss says she doesn't think so, but I feel like it. I sit for too long at my desk and then getting up sends a little shock to my system and my legs seem to have to remember how to work with all this extra BOY hanging around inside my belleh! Michael let me know last night that my belly has grown significantly recently. Thanks hon!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Where's the FISH??

Daddy's Fishing Buddy

Well she didn't catch any fish, but she sure did have a good time!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Come & Gone

Well, the holidays and 2009 have come and gone & it's time to move forward into 2010! Can you believe it??? A new decade - where were you 10 years ago? I was here in Houston, having just finished my undergrad in 1999 and was working at a Japanese Trading Company at the time. Fast Forward ten years and I've been married just over five years, built a house, have a three year old, am about to have our second child, finished my MBA and this fall I'll be with my current company for ten years. Life has been good. I have to say a prayer of thanks for all the good this past decade has brought and oddly enough for the bad, b/c I believe all life's experiences make us who we are the bad make you stronger!

We had a great Christmas & New Year's holiday with family & friends...Emma had so much fun this year tearing through wrapping paper & playing with all her cousins! She still isn't a fan of Santa (maybe next year Santa). We spent the Christmas holidays here in town with our families and then spent the New Year's holiday up in the country - we had hayrides and fireworks and bonfires and all the kids had a blast! Michael went hunting with my brother and we took Emma fishing. She didn't catch anything, but she had fun. She had fun throwing acorns in the water, too! My rubber boots were in the back of the truck & when I went to put them on that morning to go fishing the inside was a solid block of ice - so I had to spend some time with the hairdryer and hot water thawing them!! Every morning was beautiful and frosty white - my aunt said it has been like that most mornings this past month!

We also got the great news that my niece is pregnant with their third child due the end of August!! Yay! So excited for her! This will be my sister's 6th grandchild and every one of them will have summer birthdays - I see huge cousin b'day parties in the future!! LOL!

So 2010 will bring two new babies to our family - and honestly I'm ready for the first one to get here! I still have 7 weeks to go as of today, but Emma was three weeks early so I am hoping to be completely ready within the next four weeks. We worked on his room (still no name) a lot yesterday and got a lot accomplished. We still have decorating to do in there, but it's at least baby-ready now! It's so funny b/c at this time when I was pregnant with Emma everything was just about done - she had more than she could possibly need and with the 2nd baby here we are less than two months away and still have tons to get for him!! I had contractions Friday & Saturday that forced me off my feet - I really think it was just b/c too much time was spent on my feet both days and I needed the rest. My feet and hands are now truly swelling. I've had to remove my wedding rings b/c they were getting too tight-  I did replace them with a larger gold band so I wouldn't have a bare wedding finger!! Ha Ha! I'm back in heels today for work so I'll see how my feet hold up - I may be out buying some sort of slipper to bring to the office to wear, though. I also have to get all my paper work finished for my maternity leave and oh yeah, there is job-related work to do between now and then as it's year end and we have to go through close! :) All that has to be done in the next couple of weeks at least though, so it will be finished well before it's time for the baby to arrive! It's going to be a busy month!