Sleeping Beauty

My family is now complete.  I have a wonderful husband and two of the sweetest little girls (for now) in the entire world.  Everyone always asks when we are going to try for another one and I have to politely answer that we are done.  What I want to say is not nearly as nice.  Kids are a TON of money, daycare is a TON of money, and quite frankly the thought of being pregnant again makes be ill.

Reese is 4 months old and Maggie is turning 2 years old in less than a week!  Time flies when you have kids.  I am proud to say that I have mastered the art of getting my children to sleep through the night starting at young age.  I do believe that if my children didn’t sleep through the night I would be a different person entirely.  We prepared ourselves for a baby that cried all the time and didn’t sleep because Maggie was the easiest child I had ever experienced or even heard of.  Reese is a complete dream.  I think she is even a better baby that Maggie was.  Hears my secret to getting a newborn to sleep through the night.  Stack their feedings.  Feed at 6pm then again at 8pm then again at 10pm.  If the baby is asleep wake them up.  By staking the feedings you are filling those little bellies enough that after a week or two of doing this they will not wake up for those middle of the night feedings.  I still remember both the nights that the girls first sleep through the night.  Maggie was 9 weeks and I think I woke up 5 times to check the monitor to see if she was okay.  I believe I also got out of bed to go check on her.  Reese was 10 weeks old and it was my husbands night to get up with her at 3am to feed and put her back to bed.  She was like clockwork, always up at 3am, drank 4 ounces, then right back to sleep.  I woke up at 6am and realized that my husband had never gotten up with her, and the first thing that came to mind was,”asshole got to sleep the whole night, it was his turn”.  Wife of the Year.

Kisses from Maggie

Having two little girls is the best.  Reese is just starting to do more things and I can’t wait to see the girls play together in the future.  Exciting times for our family still to come and I’m so excited.

Welcome to the Bed Rest Show

Well, after three days in the hospital I am finally home.  Bed rest.  With this pregnancy I knew there was a chance of bed rest because I was diagnosed with placenta previa early on.  I know the risks with the condition but it has never worried me like it might most people so I thought we’d be in the clear.  So we are 34 weeks along and we have a c-section scheduled for 37 weeks at this point.  Hopefully this baby cooks a little bit longer before making her appearance.

The bed rest part is going to be very difficult for me because of several factors.  First of all, I have a very active 19 month old who does not understand why I can’t pick her up.  This breaks my heart more than anything.  Second, I still have so much to do around the house before baby #2 makes her debut. I should just hire a maid.  And why did I make the very smart decision to drop my supplemental insurance after I had Maggie? Stupid, stupid, stupid.  For some reason I just thought all of my pregnancies would be perfect like the first one.  How wrong was I?  As I sit here in my bed I just keeping thinking of all the things I should be doing, laundry, vacuuming, dusting, the list can really go on and on.  The temptation to get in my car go shopping is just driving me crazy.

Playing in the bounce house. Very active these days.

So tomorrow if July 4th and my husband will be home to take care of Maggie and take her to all the fun festivities.  I will be at home trying to search for the end of the internet. I might have to break the rules that night and go outside and sit in the driveway and shoot some fireworks off with my family.  It’s still “resting” if I’m sitting in a chair right?  I’m thinking of making up my own rules for bed rest.

Maggie July 4th, 2011 (8 months)

Shortly after finding out I had placenta previa, my doctor’s office called to inform me that my doctor had just resigned and wanted to know who I wanted to switch too.  Seriously.  I loved my doctor. She made everything so easy to understand, told me how it was going to be (in a good way), and just understood my personality. I was crushed.  As of today, still no word on where she will be practicing.  I started seeing a new doctor in the practice and she is super nice but there is something missing.  I know that she is perfectly capable of doing her job but I feel like I need to question everything she tells me.  So I started seeing a specialist to keep an eye on my placenta and the growth of my baby.  The specialist has answered all my questions and then some.  I feel like the specialist think I’m fine and my doctor wants to go ahead and get the baby out as soon as possible.  Do I really question someone who has a medical degree and years of experience?  Do people really do that?

More posts to come as long as I’m on bed rest.  Act excited.

Happy Birthday to ME! Who? What?

So, since my husband doesn’t read this blog I feel like I can let some things off my chest. Watch him read this ONE blog post! Whatever.  My 30th birthday was on January 1st, 2012 and I was really looking forward to it this year and it was a huge let down.  Granted, we found out we were pregnant towards the beginning of December so a big night out drinking would have been super awkward but it would have been something.  I honestly thought that my husband would have attempted to do something special for me, at least get me a birthday card without having to mention getting one.  My birthday is not the most important thing in the world but for once I thought he could have made it a little better than all the others.

Bleachers at Wrigley.

For my husbands 30th Birthday I bought him some Chicago Cub’s shirts and bleacher tickets to a cubs game in Chicago.  Pretty rad.  He had never been to Wrigley Field before so I called a couple of his buddies and they bought some tickets and we made a trip out of it.  It was a great trip.  Beautiful weather, good friends, great food.  Girls are just better at planning things I think.  Maybe he will surprise me with a trip to New York City after baby #2 arrives!! Hint, hint.  My husband is great, don’t get me wrong, but he just doesn’t get it sometimes.  I told him that he didn’t get a birthday this year because of the awful one I had.  Somehow our sonogram is scheduled the day of his 31st birthday, pretty cool birthday I think.  Maybe I will just keep the results of the sonogram from him for a while.

One of the many pizzas we tried in Chicago

The Never-Ending Fixer Upper

So my husband and I bought our house about 3 years ago with the full intention of fixing it up room by room.  It sounds so easy doesn’t it.  I’ll tell you one thing, it would be a whole lot easier if we had endless money to do it with.  My parents always told me, “it doesn’t have to be done all at once”.  It doesn’t, but I want it to be.  The house we bought sat empty for 2 years because the man who owned it bought it for his wife without showing it to her first and she said her furniture wouldn’t go with the house.  I’ll tell you one thing, no furniture would have gone with the house.  The house was full of wood paneling and wallpaper.  I like wallpaper when it is more modern but the stuff that was all over our house was horrible.  Example:  Hall bathroom had pink tiles, wall and floor, with green and red striped wallpaper.  Awesome.  Oh, and had an old oriental rug cut up to look like they had carpeted over the pink tile floor.  Seriously.

The first thing we did was prime and paint the kitchen cabinets and scrape all the wallpaper off in the entire house.  It was in every room just about.

note to self: never buy a house with wallpaper in it, not even in a closet.

It has slowly come together over the past couple of years and is very livable now.  We haven’t even touched the basement yet but we haven’t had a reason to until we had Maggie.

My problem is that I change my mind on how I want to style the place every couple of months.  We haven’t really bought any furniture besides a couch and a coffee table so far.  My goal in the next couple months is to get rid of the older furniture and start making the right furniture choices for us.  Another problem is that everything I tend to like it’s not so kid-friendly and every thing my husband likes is too comfortable.  When I say comfortable I mean puffy and reclining.  Not in my house.

When we moved into the house we traded the soft-padded hot tub for a dining room table.  Great trade but the dining room table is so not my style and the chairs weigh as much as I do.  Craigslist is going to have some new posting come this spring and my house is going to be very empty.  This will be a hard task, especially if I don’t plan on telling my husband until the furniture magically disappears.

I have secretly picked out the furniture I want for the living room and I know my husband won’t like it.  Another little problem we have is that we have 2 medium-sized living rooms.  I think we are going to have to have a grown up room and a children’s room.  Now the big question, how do I make a room child-friendly without it screaming kindergarten class room.  i think I will enlist the talents of my friend KB on this project.  She has the best sense of style and fashion, practical but nothing too over the top or trendy.  I like to call her classy all the way around.

I will post pictures throughout the makeover process.  Hopefully things will go well on convincing my husband that I know what I am doing.  I can just seeing him now, shaking his head and telling me that I’m going to change my mind a million times before I will make a permanent decision.

Minneapolis

My husband and I just back from a much-needed vacation to Minneapolis.  We went up on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the marriage of two dear friends of ours and had a blast.  It was the first time we had left the munchkin so it was pretty sad leaving her with my parents.  It is very strange being without someone who has been connected to my hip for the past 6 months but I knew it would be a very good thing for me.

Minneapolis is such a great city.  We stayed downtown during our stay and all I can say is that city set it up right.  They had it all down there, stadiums, bars, and shopping. I wish Kansas City would have built our baseball stadium downtown because it would have a completely different atmosphere.  We arrived late Thursday night and went to meet our friends at a bar called Brit’s a couple of blocks from our hotel.  This bar was great!  Yardball on the roof, best thing ever.  I wish I had taken pictures this night but had left my camera at the hotel.  The following evening we went to the married couples favorite bar called The Local which was a great choice.  I love bars that have all the detailed wood surrounding the bar and the little alcoves with booths in them.  We had such a great time that evening. 

During our stay we also went to Ikea next to The Mall of America.  I have been dying to go to Ikea for years but the only problem was that the Minneapolis location was the closet one to my house and a 7 hour drive was stopping me.  If my husband wasn’t with me during our shopping trip I would have done a lot more damage than I actually did, I only spent $100.  I always feel like I have to rush through stores while shopping with my husband because he is bored.  I also feel like I should curb my spending when he is with me, we all know that I would have spent a lot more if he wasn’t there.  Ikea wasn’t what I had built it up to be in mind.  I see all these design shows on television that are always using items from Ikea and I am so impressed with the end result.  So on our trip there we purchased lots of picture frames, cutting boards, and some towels.  A disappointing shopping trip compared to what I thought it was going to be.

The wedding was beautiful, and I knew it was going to be.  I am the luckiest person in the world to have had all my best friends in the world in the same place for 3 days.  After having a baby my social life was kind of non-existent for a while, so when there is a opportunity for everyone to get together I jump on it.  The wedding was just perfect.  We had great weather, great drinks, great food, and great dancing.  There was a live band that kept the crowd of the dance floor throughout the entire night.  The riverfront backdrop that just made the experience that much better.  I couldn’t have had a better time with my friends and my husband.  A big thank you to the married couple for such a great weekend, it made my year.