Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sick Boy


It finally happened. I prided myself on the fact that Nolen has never really been sick. A little cold here or there, but nothing too serious. I just knew that my 13 months of nursing had provided him with my super teacher immunities. Until last night that is. We were having family cuddle time on the sofa, Nolen nestled between us. He was being surprisingly still and relaxed for his 2-year old self, so we were soaking in the extra cuddles.

That's when it happened, out of nowhere, projectile vomit. All over me, all over Mr. A, all over the sofa. Oh my poor little man, it scared him as much as it scared us. We thought we were in the clear for bedtime, but 15 minutes into sleep it happened again, and again, and again, and again. Little man is officially sick.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

age 2

Look who's 2!

February 22, 2010: Nolen Reed makes his grand debut at 7:46 pm


February 22, 2011: Nolen Reed turns 1!!!


February 22, 2012: Nolen Reed turns 2!
Nolen, I can not believe that my baby boy is already 2! The past two years have been an amazing blur. Words can't describe how much love and joy you bring to us. Honestly, I can't remember life without you little man. You make us smile everyday.

When Daddy and I got married Papa read a special song as his wish for us. Now here we are with the same wish for you...

I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you're faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you

And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin' til you find the window
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile
But more than anything, more than anything

My wish for you
Is that this life becomes all that you want it to
Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small
You never need to carry more than you can hold

And while you're out there gettin' where you're gettin' to
I hope you know somebody loves you
And wants the same things too
Yeah, this is my wish

(Oh geez, this got the waterworks going, I blame pregnancy hormones.)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Week 24




Today was my 24 week doctor's appointment. I was asking my doctor if it's normal for a second baby to be living so low, low down. She replied yes and went on to explain, "Think of your uterus like a hammock. The first time around the hammock is nice and tight, holding that baby up high. This time around your hammock has been stretched, so this baby is no longer sitting up so high."
Sigh. I have a stretched hammock.

How Far Along: 24 weeks
How Big is Baby: Little man Hudson is the size of a large grapefruit, 12" long. Although still little, everything is fully formed, already looking like a little bitty newborn. Mommie is up 15 pounds which is how much I put on with Nolen, the ENTIRE pregnancy, awesome.
Clothes:I heart maternity clothes. They shouldn't limit these just to pregnancy. We have a wedding coming up in march so I've been in search of a dress that fits the bump. Luckily I found one (non-maternity) that fits! (Lets just hope that's still the case in 4 weeks.)
Exercise: I have exactly 3 workout tops that fit, so we're still going strong at Step Aerobics. If anyone other pregnant ladies are looking for workout clothes I've found that the LuLuLemon shirts ROCK. They are light and airy while still fitting in that baby bump. Even better... they're not "maternity" so you can use them after. (In reality I'm just loving an excuse to buy overly priced, super cute workout wear.)
Best Moment this week: Big Brother Nolen turned 2 this week! Happy birthday!!!
Food Cravings: Chips & Dip, Pad Thai, cookies & hot sauce (sounds like a balanced diet to me!)
Movement: Hudson man has been pretty quiet during the day time hours, but come 9:00 pm, he's a dancing machine, all night, literally.
Gender: Oh boy oh Boy!

Labor Signs: Non this week, which is fine with me. He still has a lot of cooking to do!
What I miss: Wine, margaritas, cornona beer, more wine. Geez I sound like I have a drinking problem. This year teaching has been more on the stressful end of things, what I wouldn't give to come home to a glass of wine (or keep a flask in my desk drawer, kidding.)
What I'm looking forward to:Curtain maker found, navy and white fabric purchased, curtain lady sewing my dream curtains with perfect 12" stripes. I'm also a tad bit excited because I'm next in line on the birthday train. 30 years old here I come, I'm actually ready for it! I feel like I'm right where I should be in my life, so BRING it 30!
Weekly Wisdom: A humidifier wonders for a pregnant lady with a cold. The same can not be said about the pregnant ladies hair after sleeping next to the humidifier all night. Yikes, that's all I'll say.
Milestone: We had our viability week this week. That means if for some reason little man was to arrive now, he'd have a much better chance of surviving. Don't get any ideas buddy, you stay put for another 16 weeks!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Nolen's party details

Printable Sesame Street Invatitaion buy Andersruff



Cupcakes by Tami at Cupcakery; Celebration, Florida



Food labels by 11cupcakes:






Water bottle Printable labels by Starlite:


Elmo cookie favors by SongBirdSweets:



Poms by (duh) SweetTeaPaper:






Signs created with love by Mommie: "Nolen Street"


Oscar's Tattoo Parlor


Bubbles with BigBird



Door sign by ManiandMe:


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Week 22 or maybe 23...



Oh dear lord, not only am I seriously lacking in the belly shots this pregnancy, I don't even know what flipping week I'm on. I should be on week 22, but at the last ultrasound I was measuring a week ahead, so that would make me 23. Let's just play it safe and call this week 22.5.

How Far Along: 22. 5 weeks
How Big is Baby: Little man Hudson is the size of a banana, 11" long (although this is what he is suppose to be, he seems to be measuring larger then your average baby)
Weight Gain:At my 20 week appointment I was up 12 pounds, 137, oy!
Maternity clothes:Mostly in maternity, tried to rock jeans & bella band this week but it didn't go so well. Hudson is living low, low, low. Mama needs elastic waist pants, or better yet no pants at all. Dresses are my friend.
Exercise: Still keeping up with Step aerobics, crazy I know. I plan on keeping up with it as long as I can find workout clothes that fit.
Best Moment this week: Daddy finally got to feel him from the outside. Nolens' been feeling him for weeks. Every time he sits on my lap Hudson starts kicking away on his little tushy. I told Nolen that was his brother and he replied, "No, sister."
Food Cravings: Blueberry bagels with veggie cream cheese, watermelon, frozen lemonade & hot sauce (in no particular order.)
Movement: He is a dancing machine just like his brother, loves dancing in the wee hours
Gender: Boy, although Nolen may beg to differ!

Labor Signs: Besides the fact that he lives so low and feels as though he may just fall out...I've been having some braxton hicks here and there. Nothing too noteworthy at this point.
Belly Button:I'm embarrassed to say it's been out for weeks (10 weeks to be exact.) Nolen likes to push it and say "Ding Dong Hudd-sen."
What I miss: Wine, red red wine, oh sweet wine. Have a bottle waiting for me in June right beside my newest pin on Pinterest, the Beer-garita (it looks fantastic!) I sound like a lush.
What I'm looking forward to:Getting his room together & curtains up. I want to do navy/white horizontal stripe curtains. The problem is that finding the perfect wide stripes (7"or larger) is impossible. I'm looking online, I've looked in stores. No such flippin' luck.
Weekly Wisdom: Do not tell your 'almost' 2 year old that you are going to Disney world tomorrow, he does not know what the word tomorrow means
Milestone: Finally putting up the bomb diggity baby gate at the top of the stairs. I was just a regular old handy mandy, drilling it into the wall, this new gate is so secure (can I get an RRRR,rrrrr, RRRRR!)


Nolen knows something we don't



They say kids have a 6th sense about certain things. I'm wondering if he knows something we don't. Every time you ask him if he's having a little brother he replies, "sister." I don't know kid, the sonogram pictures are pretty convincing. Either your having a brother, or your little sister has a p*nis. While we're on the topic of penises... remember those words that Nolen is having a little trouble with (frog, clock...) Well Saturday we found ourselves in a quaint little boutique. Light music playing in the background, shoppers admiring all the cuteness in the store. Nolen begins yelling (loudly) "CO*K, CO*K, CO*K..." Oh dear lord, at this point people are staring. Then I realize what's going on, he's spotted a large CLOCK hanging on the wall. Trying to talk (yell) as loudly as he had, I proudly announce, "Yes buddy, that is a CLOCK!"