Saturday, February 28, 2009

Fetus...Saturday?

I know, I know. For shame Unsinkable. It's been THREE WEEKS with no update on the Fetus! Well, besides the whole "It's A Girl" thing. But whatever. I know you've been dying for an in depth gestation update and this time I actually, truly, have a belly pic! I know! So, off we go:

Week: Eighteen

Weight Gain: Back to ground Zero. I had a pretty fabulous two pound gain there for awhile, but then for some seriously unexplained reason I dropped back down. I swear I'm eating, it's just all going to the baby apparently.

Aches & Pains: I'm happy to report that the nausea is significantly slowing down and while I'm still a little sick every few days, it's not NEAR as bad as it was - Thank You Lord. I've gotten SO much more energy back and I've been feeling like myself, which is nice. In fact, aside from the occasional dry heave, I don't really feel that pregnant unless I've been standing for awhile. The baby is still sitting so low that standing for long periods of time (like worship time at church) just kills my back and I have to look like a complete wuss and sit down. And then standing after sitting for too long makes me all woozy and I look a little drunk. I'm sure it makes me look completely overdramatic, which is not to be unexpected. We all know I'm a little excitable.

Cravings: MEXICAN FOOD. Sweet mother where have you been all my life Cheese Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce scooped up with crunchy tortilla chips and dipped in a little salsa?!? I'm pretty consistent whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant - I always order flautas or some sort of Nacho combination. But not lately. Ooohh, those enchiladas have been all I want and I've even dreamed of them. I've made Dave eat mexican so much lately that as my Mom says, if you did an autopsy on me my left leg would be rice and my right one would be beans. But I would add that my torso would be all enchilada. YUMMO. And there is no end in sight. In fact, Dave is out getting me some right now. I do love that man.

Totally Cool Developments: Of course, the big one: It's A Girl!! We're floating around a few names, and as of today Dave came up with a pretty perfect one that is the front runner, but I'm not going to say anything about it publicly because the likelihood that we'll change our minds is pretty high. Taylor was going to be Savannah or Sydney Dawn until I was 8 months pregnant and then all of a sudden we both just hated the thought of those names and Dave came up with Tot's name while I was literally on the delivery table. So - we will not be formalizing anything until we write it on the birth certificate. Or we'll tell everyone next week. Whatever.

Oh and I've been feeling lots more bumps and flutters. Love it.

The Belly Pic: Ta Da! I actually remembered to have Dave take a picture of me and post it!! What a good Unsinkable I am.

Has anyone else noticed that I always lift up my chin when I get my picture taken??
I have no idea why I do this.


Because the rest of the pictures were boring, I chose this one.


Happy Fetus Saturday Everyone!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It's a great day here so far. We've got the windows thrown wide open, a warm breeze blowing throughout the house, and some oatmeal on the horizon. Doesn't get much better. So today, here are some things I'm thankful for:

1. The GORGEOUS Texas weather. Have I mentioned how much I love it here? Because I do. Love. It. Here. It's the end of February and the temperature is supposed to get up to 85 degrees. I know!! I'm planning on spending quite a lot of time outside today with the kids and soaking up that sun.

2. Dave gets home tonight! This particular trip hasn't seemed as bad as the others, perhaps because I packed our days full of activities and we weren't just sitting around the house sad that he was gone. Regardless, I am stoked that my pal gets home tonight and that we've got a pleasant weekend of relaxing ahead of us.

3. Little David is in Big Boy Underwear!! He's been a champ at keeping his pull up dry the past two weeks, so today we are starting Big Boy Underwear and seeing how it goes. I'm really hoping that we are on the slippery slope to being Potty Trained, because not buying as many diapers sounds like heaven to me.

4. I've been getting a lot of free stuff lately. A free Quizno's sub, some free Jack In The Box tacos, a free Arby's Roastbuger, some free Zone bars, a bowl of Chicken Soup from Chick-Fil-A. Love me some free stuff. Oh! And the best one? A free drink from Starbucks because we waited so long. Strong.

5. The most comfortable sweat pants in the world. No, seriously. In the world. Dave bought a pair of mens sleep pants from Old Navy a few months ago and stopped wearing them for awhile. One day, when all my sleep pants were dirty and I was cold, I snagged this pair. Oh mylanta. They are fabulous. I mean, the coziest, snuggliest, most delightful pants ever. They are so wonderful that for the past week, if I have been at home at all I have been in these pants. The moment I get home those jeans come off and the sweats go on. Thankfully, Dave understands and doesn't see this as frumpy, but as imminently practical. He's a good man.

6. Mexican Food. I plan on eating it soon and I'm excited about that.

7. All the cute baby clothes that I pulled out of the attic on Monday. So cute I could almost die.

8. Little David also being so cute I could almost die. Yesterday morning he was snuggling in bed with me and he put his hand on my cheek and told me "Love moon back you, Mommy" - which translated is "I love you to the moon and back, Mommy" - I know!! We tell that to the kids all the time and Tot usually says that to us, but Little David doesn't much. Right after that he snuggles close to my face and said "Best friends, Mommy". Yep, could almost die.

9. That I got the kids backpacks organized this week and hopefully won't have to do that again. I'm also planning on trying to get the house clean before Dave gets home, but I'll stick to being thankful that at least the backpacks got done :)

10. For the weather. Yes, again. I'm thankful that it's nice and sunny and warm outside. It feels like our entire family runs on solar energy and by this point in the year our batteries are dangerously low. A little sunshine and warm weather and I can already tell a difference in my attitude, the kid's attitudes, even our house feels nicer and cheered up and happier. So I'm going to soak it all up and go outside in a few minutes.

What are you all thankful for today?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

In Which I Reminisce




Yes, I do believe having another girl with be just fine with me.





Although, I wouldn't have argued with another boy, either.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Baby Girl's Internet Debut


I know, have you ever seen a cuter profile??

Monday, February 23, 2009

We Call This...Good Day.

Why? Because we are having a....


GIRL!!!!!!

More details to come after I finish calling the whole world :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sabbath

The past few months have been exhausting. Our family has had to deal with a whole lot that we didn't sign up for and a lot that we did. Most of it has been pleasant (i.e. The Baby) and some of it not quite as pleasant (i.e. The Traveling Job), but regardless as a family: We Are Tired.

I noticed that we were getting tired a few weeks ago on a Sunday morning. I got up and just didn't want to go to church. It wasn't that I didn't want to worship, or that I lacked some feeling for our church family, more that I knew that Dave was going to be leaving in just a few hours and our weekend had already been filled to the brim with all of those activities that happen on Saturdays and there had been not enough down time. I just couldn't bear the thought of packing the family up to go to church where we would spend most of that time in four different locations over the course of three hours. I can't remember the last time I just didn't want to go to church. Not only do I love the church we have attended for almost 6 years, I love going anywhere and worshiping God with other believers and getting that battery recharged. But that day, it didn't feel like a recharge. It felt like one other thing to check off, one more time for us all to be apart serving in different places, one more moment we didn't get to be together as a family.

If it were just taking a break from serving, we would have just taken a step back from our commitments, however, it's more than that. It's the entire Sabbath. Sunday had turned from a day of rest for us into a day of go-go-go. And when we combined that with the rest of our week, which revolved around Dave spending most of the week in Arkansas and the kids and I spending most of the week in Texas, me pregnant and homeschooling, and a few trips to see my Mom or to visit Dave during the week thrown in, well, as I said - Our family was tired.

And so, it was with great difficulty that Dave and I came to a decision. We have decided to leave our home church for a short time and rest. We plan on returning, because we love our church family there, but for now we are currently attending a neighboring church that holds a service on Saturday night. We spend our Saturdays checking off all those to-do lists we accumulated during the week and spending time as a family cleaning up around the house and getting things done and running errands or hanging out with friends.

When evening comes, we go to church and spend the final hours of the day worshiping, sometimes as a family, sometimes just Dave and I with the kids in their classes. We recharge those batteries and we start what we feel is our real Sabbath. Dave's family attends this church as well, so we are able to spend even more time with our family and we get to worship and learn with them, something we've missed. We can go to dinner together after the service has ended or we can stay and chat at the church.

And then on Sunday, we rest. We rest in the Lord and we rest as a family. We sleep in late, we cook breakfast and nibble together, we make no plans. We don't stay in different rooms and we don't go out running errands all over town. We don't fix things and we don't pack things.

We rest.

And while we rest, we pray and are grateful that God allowed us the knowledge that in this season of our lives, while we are spending so much time apart, resting with each other was more important than anything else. To stay close as a family, to keep our marriage strong, and to keep our minds from bursting, we needed to rest together and rest in Him.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Sorry about the blogging pause - both of our computers are on the fritz and I've been unable to be online for any predictable amount of time.

But, as I am on right now, I'll give you a few things I'm thankful for:

1. "For God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8 - I am very thankful for that reassurance today.

2. Dave is coming home tonight!

3. We are spending next week in Arkansas with him! I'm very glad and thankful that our schedules allow us to do that.

4. My sonogram was moved up to next next Monday (the 23rd). This is the big one - the one where we can find out what we're having. I think I'll be setting up a poll so that you all can place your bets :)

5. That today's plans include cleaning up the house and then going to the library. The kids love going to the library and I think today I'll even let them stay and read in the little house in the kids area for awhile.

6. On Saturday morning Dave and I are going to take the kids to McDonalds for breakfast, and hopefully meet some of our friends there. I can think of no better way to start the day than to let the kids run mad crazy around a jungle gym while Dave and I get to chat free as jaybirds.

7. My absolutely fantastic sister in law is watching our kids tomorrow while Dave and I get an early Valentine's Day lunch. I'm quite thankful that I have such rockin' family that will open up their days to watch my chitlins.

8. And yesterday my absolutely fantastic father in law watched the kids while I went to the Doctor (which was a huge blessing because the Doctor had to leave thirty seconds into my appointment to deliver a baby) AND he did the dishes while he was here. Could I be any luckier?

9. Dave is coming home tonight! Did I already say that?

10. Dave is coming home tonight! Yeah, I'm a little excited :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

Maybe It Isn't Just A Pipe Dream.

Yesterday, Little David kept his Pull Up dry all day. From 10:30 am (when he got changed at church) until 8:00pm, that kid was DRY. He even stayed dry during lunch at The Olive Garden, through his nap, and with much playing and tickling with his Daddy.

It was a miracle day.

We are in the very shallow waters of potty training here. I'm a little gun shy since Tot wasn't completely, self-motivated trained until 4 and I felt like I "trained" her for years. She just so didn't have an interest in it. Didn't care if she was wet, dirty, nothing. Stickers didn't motivate. Candy didn't, books/toys by the potty didn't, new underwear didn't. Nothing. We really just had to wait until she was ready. And then one day she was and we've had no problems since.

I'm hoping that Little David will be easier. So far, he is. We take him and he goes (I have no illusions of grandeur of having him self-trained any time soon. I'll take parent-trained any day.). It helps that he's learning to go standing up, I think he likes that better, although it does make my role as trainer a little redundant since I can't actually do that myself. He knows by heart the phrase "Go potty, get candy." And usually all we have to do is say "Do you want to go potty?" and he says "No tanks" and we say "What happens when you go potty?" and he says "Go potty, get candy! YEAH!!!" and then he goes. He's totally not poop-trained, which is why we are NOT sticking him in underwear. I'm dedicated to this training stuff right up to the line of pressing my luck. I stick that kid in underwear and you can bet your sweet bippy he's going to poop all over the place. No thanks.

So, there you have it. An exceptionally rambling post about potty training. I think I'm just excited that maybe, just maybe, with all of our combined parenting prowess we can get this kid trained. Although, frankly, he may only be doing it for the single chocolate chip he gets whenever he goes. That would be enough to motivate me to do almost anything.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

A Good Day, You Say?

Yes. For the following reasons. They are three-fold.

1. Dave is home. It's always better when we're together.

2. My house is the cleanest it's been in MONTHS. Seriously, I wouldn't be embarrassed for anyone to go into any room. Well, except my closet. But closets don't count, right? Of course not.

3. It's a fabulously warm day in Texas, about 75 degrees and a decent breeze. I've got my windows open, the smell of a clean house, good music on the iPod speakers, and did I mentioned Dave was home?


Yeah, we call this Good Day.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Fetus Friday!

I'm coming to you today with a clean house (incredible!), 70's weather in the forecast for the week, and some totally comfy pants on. It's a good day friends. And since it's such a good day, what better way to spend it than waxing on about being pregnant? And so I bring you... Fetus Friday.

Week: Fifteen

Weight Gain: A Solid Pound. Yep, that's right. This whole week I've been at a pretty consistent one pound gain, regardless of meals eaten - success!! I'm hoping that this means I'll have a nice steady gain from here on out, but I know better than that. Some week I'll be on here telling that I gained 9 pounds in a four day period or something. All that pizza eating is bound to catch up with me. :)

Aches & Pains: This week was rough, but only because I had a sinus infection and didn't want to take anything. Dumb Kristen. Finally yesterday I got some Sudafed (doctor approved) and I feel ten thousand times better. It's nice when it doesn't feel like your head will explode at any moment. Pregnancy wise, though, everything has been pretty good. A little less sick, a little more energy. That's my kind of week.

Cravings: I really had a problem with this this week. I craved nothing. Nothing. In fact, I really wasn't hungry most of the week, either. I had to force myself to eat a lot and forgot to eat even more often. Which is possibly the weirdest thing to ever happen to me because I like to EAT. I have found, though, that if I don't eat regularly then I start to get lightheaded and almost pass out at the library. Not embarrassing at all.

Totally Cool Developments: Unfortunately, I haven't felt the baby move much this week. There have been a few flutters, but nothing too big. Wah wah waaaahhh. I think it's because the baby is sitting so very low and I just can't feel it well. But while Little David moved all the time Tot hardly moved at all. I thought people were just making a big deal out of nothing, because she was such a quiet thing inside. Dave hardly every felt her. So maybe that means that this one is a girl...hmmm...

The Belly Pic: Again, this will have to wait until Dave gets home and can take a good one. I'll update tonight, probably.



So there you have it. All the nitty gritty on my gestating habits. I know, it's been riveting :)

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thankful Thursday: Cheating Edition

Today I am thankful for my kids. All three of them :) And so, I'm going to do a survey about pregnancy because I'm pregnant and feel like doing pregnanty things and this is the best place I could fit it in :) And just for the record - it drives me nuts that the questions are capitalized, but I am too lazy to retype them. Just so you know.

1. WAS YOUR PREGNANCY PLANNED? Yes/Sort of, but happened sooner than we expected/Yes

2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME? Yes/Yes/Yes

3. WHAT WERE YOUR REACTIONS? Hurray!/Seriously? Hurray!/Seriously? About dang time!!

4. WAS ABORTION AN OPTION FOR YOU? Never

5. HOW OLD WERE YOU? 22/24/27

6. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT? 1. Felt a little sick, threw up, someone told me to take a test and I did and there you go. 2. Was late, took a test, and there you go. 3. Took five billion tests, was about to give up and go back on birth control, took the test, and there you go.

7. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST? 1. The woman who answered the question hotline phone number on the back of the E.P.T. box (I didn't believe the results). 2. Dave 3. Dave

8. HOW DID YOU TELL YOUR PARTNER? 1. Called him at work crying in happiness. 2. Walked out of the bathroom holding the stick in absolute shock. 3. He was on the phone with me when I took the test and I said "So, apparently I'm a little bit pregnant."

9. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX? Yes/No, but Dave did so we found out/No, but now we aren't so sure :)

10. DUE DATE? 1. Due Oct 4 - Born Sept 15 2. Due June 18 - Born June 6 3. Due July 29th - We'll see about that :)

11. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS? 1. None at all 2. Some, but not too bad 3. Like we even need to go there.

12. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE? 1. Hot wings and sheer volume of food 2. A hershey bar and a frosty every day 3. Milk, Beef, and salty things

13. WHAT IRRITATED YOU? 1. How swollen I got 2. Not much, it was a pretty good pregnancy 3. How freakishly different this pregnancy is. I thought I knew what to expect and I was WRONG. :)

14. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CHILD'S SEX? girl/boy/?? Any guesses?

15. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING? No/I kindof wanted another girl at first, but was thrilled to have a boy/totally don't care

16. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY? 45 (seriously)/20/ 0 so far

17. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER? Yes/nope/don't expect to, I really have everything I need

18. NATURAL OR C-SECTION? 1. Induced w/ epidural 2. Completely natural 3. Please give me an epidural now.

19. HOW LONG WERE YOU IN LABOR? 1. 5 hours 2. 30 minutes from when I woke up 3. I'd like somewhere in the middle, please.

20. HOW LONG DID YOU PUSH? 1. 45 minutes 2. 2 or 3 pushes 3. I'd like the second option.

21. HOW BIG WAS YOUR BABY AT BIRTH? 1. 6 lb. 7 oz. 2. 6 lb. 11 oz. 3. If I go early, I expect another light weight, but if I go on time I'll probably have a normal sized baby

22. HOW LONG WAS YOUR BABY? Am I bad mom for totally not remembering this??

23. DID YOU CRY WHEN YOUR BABY WAS BORN? Nope, I was just happy. Except with Little David. Then I was happy and high on Ambien.

24. WHAT DID YOU NAME YOUR BABY? Taylor Dawn, David Wayne, TBA

25. WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST WORDS WHEN YOUR BABY WAS BORN? 1. Good Lord, please let her cone head go back to normal. 2. I had a baby! I had a baby! I had a baby! (Again, slightly high on Ambien with Little David). 3. ??

26. WHEN DO YOU WANT TO DO IT AGAIN? Preferably on or around July 29th. Dave would be pleased as punch to have the baby born on his birthday (as would the multitude of our families with July birthdates), but I've never gone full term and I've heard it's unpleasant. We'll see :)



So there you go, a run down of all my baby making stats because I'm just that thankful for my babies today. I wouldn't change a thing about how we did it, or how they arrived, because it all makes for a good story.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bubba Speak

Too funny not to share. Little David crawled up beside me on the couch as I scrolled across a picture of Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office - so funny) on the computer from her "Self" magazine cover.

LD: It's Mommy!

UK: No, Bubba, that's someone else.

LD: No, see? It's Mommy!

UK: No, sorry Bubba. It's not me. She has long hair, see? And I have short hair.

LD: Oh. She have boobies, too. You have boobies. See? (points at her chest and then at my chest).

UK: Um, well. Yeah.

LD: She have legs. I have legs! See? I have legs.

UK: Yes! Let's talk about legs.

LD: And my camo shoes.

UK: Sure.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

The Once And Future Unsinkable

I gave myself a present this morning.

Hmm... let me rephrase that.

My last night self gave my this morning self a present. Last Night Unsinkable did the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen and made a short menu for me and she even filled up cups of milk for the kids, so that this morning when I woke up - she had done all my work for me!

That Last Night Unsinkable sure is a great gal.

It was so nice to wake up to a kitchen that wasn't a wreck and to be able to stumble into the living room with cups of milk that were already prepared (and that I didn't have to search the cabinets for) and give them to the kids. I could look at the menu and throw some breakfast bars on the table and not feel guilty (knowing that I would be giving them a "real" breakfast later). And I was able to find the remote quickly (Last Night Unsinkable made sure it was in a place I could see it) and turn on some cartoons and then quietly slip back into bed and try to get a little more sleep for that growing baby. Those kids wake up early.

So, I am grateful to the Last Night Unsinkable. I'm going to try to be a good Last Night Unsinkable today as well. I'm going to keep working on my mountains of laundry, I'm going to help the kids clean up the war zone playroom, and I'm going to keep picking up the trash and clutter that has accumulated around the house during my lazy times. I'm hoping that the Future Unsinkable will appreciate this and that maybe she'll have a better day because I put in a little more work than I'd rather.

We all know I'd love to sit and laze around all day, but Future Unsinkable gets kindof irritated when I do that.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Bubba Speak

Well, Tot isn't the only funny one in the family. Little David is pretty hilarious in his own right. He's a little more subtle than Tot (who isn't?), but he's gold. Recently we took away his nuk away and while it's meant a large (large) increase in whining (large) it has also meant that he's talking SO much more. And he's so funny.

At 6:30 AM this morning, as he's sitting on the couch watching cartoons - he's our early riser.

UK: Oh, Bubba, did you leak out of your diaper?

LD: Yep.

UK: Yuck.

LD: Yep, yuck.

(seeing the stain it made on the couch)

LD: Look Mommy! Mickey Mouse!

UK: Yeah, it does look like Mickey Mouse.

LD: Yucky Potty Mickey Mouse.

UK: Yep.

***

UK: Bubba, are you stinky?

LD: Yep. I sit here. You change my dirty diaper Mommy.

***

While apologizing for hitting Tot in the head with a giant tree branch. Seriously.

LD: I sorry I hit you tree, Taylor (he pronounces it "Tay-yer")

Tot: It's okay, Bubba.

LD: Friends?

Tot: A butterfly!! (runs away.)

LD: Friends? Tay-yer? Friends?? (chases after her)

(after catching her and forcing her into a hug)

LD: Friends, Tay-yer?

Tot: Friends.

LD: Good.

Tot: A butterfly!

(they both run away pretending to be butterflies)

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday.

I am the luckiest girl in the world.

I am freakishly sick right now, a lovely combination of "morning" sickness and a wicked sinus infection, and I wasn't able to sit/stand up before 12pm without getting dizzy. Like I said, I'm sick. To add to the awesomeness, Dave is about to leave town for four days. Tot is sick, Little David is just getting over sick. Brilliant.

So why am I so lucky, you ask? Good question.

I am lucky, because my fantastically awesome husband let me skip church (well, it wasn't so much as "let" me as it was telling me I shouldn't go and alleviating me of my attendance box-checking guilt), he watched the kids while I was passed out on the couch from 10am - 12am unable to see straight (I finally had gotten some pregnancy safe medicine in me and forgot that it was night time stuff) with a buckwheat pillow on my head to keep my sinuses from exploding, then he got me food I could keep down, and now he is going grocery shopping for me so I don't have to worry about it while he's gone.

Like I said, I am the luckiest girl in the world.