Wednesday, May 30, 2007

New Escape Route

Tuesday night Ryan installed a dog door for our patio door, so now we can leave our dog on the weekends and not have to worry about him starving to death in the kennel while we're away. This weekend will be the first test. Sammy still isn't very sure about the door, but Zack has found his new escape route. He is lucky he is so cute!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Weekend

I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. We spent it at the lake. It was a little too rainy for my taste, but we made the most of it. Ryan, with the help of some friends and family, got our fixer-upper trailer in a much more livable condition. Friday my Dad helped with the tub surround, so now we can shower without water leaking through the wall and Saturday friends and my brother helped lay the carpet, so we don't have cement floors anymore. They also moved a bedroom wall to make the kids room bigger. He is slowly getting through the list of projects, now the major projects move to the outside. We need to paint, redo the soffits, and put up some vinyl siding. I know the projects are overwhelming for my computer tech husband, but he is doing a wonderful job and discovering new skills. I love you Ryno!!

Ryan did get to enjoy some of the holiday. Sunday his sister's family came and visited, our first over night guests. Lets just say that Monday morning I was the only adult that wasn't regretting staying up all night and drinking too much. Zack also regretted staying up too late on Sunday night. Monday at 11:45, he normally naps at 1:00, he grabbed my hand and walked me back to his crib and asked to take a nap. This never happens, especially when we have company and kids to play with!! He slept for 3 hrs 15 min, normally takes a 2 hour nap. He can't handle the long weekends either.

Here is a picture of Ryan, our niece Riley, Zack and Ryan's sister Terri. Terri wanted to make sure I captured the short legs that run in the family. None of them could reach the ground without stretching.


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

IT'S A...

Today was the BIG ultrasound! Zack is going to have a baby ...

















SISTER!!!



We are so excited. Now I get to go shopping for pink!!! Everything looked good. The doctor moved my due date back from 10/14/07 to 10/18/07. Zack measured two weeks behind his due date, so I'm happy with four days. We had the 3D/4D ultrasound and they burnt it to a DVD for us.

I've attached the 9 minute video. For those that don't want to watch the whole thing I'll let you know that at 2:30 she starts looking for the sex and at 3:36 she uses the mouse to show there is no penis. Also at 7:42 she starts getting hiccups, awe! She wouldn't take her arms away from her face, so we never got a good shot of her face. I'm just happy they weren't between her legs and we were able to find out the sex.

edited: It looks like the video is counting down instead of up like it did when I viewed it on You Tube, so the times I gave you may not match up. 6:30 she starts looking for the sex and at 5:30 she uses the mouse to show there is no penis. Also at 1:25 she starts getting hiccups, awe!

We decided to name the baby Addison and will use Addie as a nickname. (I think that is how I want to spell Addie.) Ryan thinks she is named after Addison Street in Chicago where Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs, is located. I just love the name and am happy he agreed to go with it. She could be named after worse things, maybe she'll bring them some luck.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Sleepy Head

Sunday we were at the lake for Zack's party and he didn't get a nap during the day. I gave him a bath before we left because I knew he would fall asleep in the car. We left at 5:00 and he was immediately out. We got home and put him to bed. I was debating if I should wake him up after a couple hours so he would sleep all night or just left him sleep. I decided to just let him sleep and take our chances. He woke up at 11:00 and fell right back to sleep, then he woke up again at 12:30. I thought that was it and I'd be up for at least a couple hours with him, after all he slept through dinner and had to be starving. I went in and he was sitting up in bed out of it. I told him it was still ni-night time and he still just sat there. I then asked if he'd like to lay back down. He sat there for another 5-10 seconds and then answered yeah and immediately plopped his head back down We didn't hear from him again until 7:00. I couldn't believe it. He slept for 14 hours. Now that was one heck of a party! I hope the next baby is as good of a sleeper.

When Zack was less than a year old I signed him up at Toys R Us for the birthday club. Geoffrey Giraffe now calls every year on his birthday to wish him a happy one. When we got home on his b-day there was a voicemail from Geoffrey, so I gave Zack the phone. He must have listened to the message at least 20 times. He thought it was the coolest thing.

multitasking - clipping toe nails and talking to Geoffrey Giraffe.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Checking it twice

Alright, so my pregnancy brain is working in full force. On Thursday, Zack's b-day, I came home from work, parked our rental car in the garage, and then hit the unlock button to make sure all doors were unlocked so I could get groceries out of the back. Luckily Ryan picked Zack up from daycare that day, because instead of hitting unlock I hit lock. I called the rental company and they don't have spare keys, so I had to call their 800 number and get transferred to AAA. So, our evening of going to the park got squashed because we had to wait for someone to come unlock the doors.

Later that night my oh so helpful husband made me a daily checklist.




Let him eat cake

The 2nd birthday party was a success. We had a perfect day for it, sunny and no rain, hot but not too hot. Thank you everyone for coming and the nice presents. Here are some pictures of Zack and his cake. I'll share more party pics later.



He couldn't wait to get his hands on the ball

then, he couldn't wait to get the icing off of his hands.

since no one came to his aid with a napkin, he decided to wipe his hands himself.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Little Man

My baby is two years old on Thursday. I can't believe it! Time goes by too fast. It feels like yesterday that I was in the hospital being induced, eyes fixed on the heart rate monitor for 23 hours and scared to death for his fate. Today we have a very active, easy going and full of personality two year old. Unfortunately Ryan and I have to work tomorrow, but we plan to make the most of our evening together.

A cute Zack story - Last weekend I was holding my 12 month old niece and Zack was so jealous. He looked right at Lexi and kept repeating, "MY MOMMY" and tried to push her out of my arms. He is going to have a hard time adjusting to the new baby. Tuesday is my ultrasound. I can't wait to put a name to the baby.

Here is his birthday invite that I made. His ball party is on Sunday. It looks like it should be a nice day, so I'm very relieved.


Monday, May 14, 2007

Who needs a spa?

Who needs an expensive mud bath at a spa when you can get one for free on the beach?!?!

We spent our weekend at "The Lake" with my family. The kids had a blast playing together. Saturday there were truck loads of sand on the beach that hadn't been spread. The kids had a lot of fun climbing the hills and rolling down. Zack didn't want to get his hands dirty. He kept running over to me to brush off his hands, but he wanted to get to the top of the hills so bad. He made me hold his hand to get to the top then he would scoot down on his butt and do it again. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me and I thought I'd have another opportunity on Sunday, so I wasn't too worried. Well, Saturday night they spread out the sand, so Sunday there were no piles.

For Mother's Day Ryan made his famous biscuits and gravy for my family and then the kids wandered down towards the beach. Zack was still partially in his pajamas, but I was ok with that as he got messier and messier, as you will see below.

They started out making sand castles, then started digging holes and then they started getting buckets of water and the fun really began. Needless to say, his no dirty hands stage was very short lived. I see lots of sand stained clothes in my future this summer.



Zack jumping in the puddle as Cody pours more water
and more water

then the real mud bath begins. To bad the water was freezing and I couldn't dunk him to clean off, although the cold didn't seem to bother any of the kids.

Courtney's turn to jump

Zack's mud mohawk

sitting in the mud puddle with my Mother's Day flower. It wasn't quite as pretty when he was done with it.

It truly was a wonderful Mother's Day just watching the cousins have a blast playing together in the sand after a long cold winter of being separated.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Party Planning

I only have one more week of having a one year old. I can't believe my baby is almost two. Tonight Zack and I went and picked out the decorations for his Ball Party. The party will be a week from Sunday. We were debating between a Trash Party and a Ball Party and I decided to go the easy route. The only thing Zack loves as much as balls is throwing away trash and pointing out garbage cans. I thought trash would be a cute theme, but it was impossible to find decorations except with a lot of DIY.

Zack's latest cute thing is saying, "I'm comin" when he has no intention of coming. He uses it a lot at diaper change time and when we are leaving daycare and he is playing in the water fountain. It is hard to get mad when he is so cute.

Here is a family picture at Navy Pier in Chicago with the skyline behind us.


Friday, May 4, 2007

Chicago, part two

Navy Pier had a Build-A-Bear store, so we let the kids build a new friend. They had so much fun and so did the parents.

Zack picking out his doggie. He was seriously thinking about the pink bear next to the dog and I was getting nervous.

Abi getting her bunny stuffedand picking out a heart for the bunny

Zack helping stuff his doggie
and putting the heart inside
giving the bunny a bath
doggie's turn
time to get dressed
entering information for the birth certificate
doggie gets a big kiss and hug
you can never have too many guitars
Abi and Zack with their new friends

Introducing Abi the ballerina bunny and Ruff-Ruff the doggie with two pooped kiddos. I don't think Zack understood when we asked what he wanted to name his doggie and he answered Ruff-Ruff, but we thought it was a cute name anyway.


After Build-A-Bear both kids were half asleep and ready for naps, so we decided it was time to end our mini vacation and head home.


Now the scary part... I didn't want this to overshadow the fun we had in Chicago, but decided to go ahead and add it to this post.

We left Chicago and drove to my in-law's house to pick up our dog. We were then on our way home to unwind before work the next morning, but someone had another idea. We were in a car accident on the way home. We were almost stopped while waiting for a car ahead of us to turn into a driveway. A guy in a heavy duty work truck wasn't paying attention (speed limit was 55) and slammed into the back of us and pushed us into another car. He said he was looking at a boat that was for sale beside the road and didn't see us stopped. We could hear him slam on the breaks and Ryan said he was going to hit us. I felt so helpless. I couldn't protect Zack or the unborn baby. So, I braced myself and the next thing I know something keeps hitting me on the back of my head. I thought it was Ryan's golf clubs. I tried to duck out of the way, but can't bend my waist because of my big pregnant belly. I opened my eyes once the crash ended and our 70 pound dog is sitting on my lap. He got thrown from the back of the SUV to the front windshield and on my lap in the passenger seat. The dog was scared to death, along with the rest of us. Zack had a horribly frightened face and was whimpering, but calmed down once I started talking to him.

Ryan and I have sore muscles and bruises but are fine otherwise. I had a huge headache from the dog hitting me. Zack showed no signs of injury. Thank God for seat belts and car seats. I went to the doctor the next day and they listened to the baby's heartbeat. The doctor said the heartbeat was strong and the baby is well protected inside the belly.

The back hatch of our SUV is mutilated and the back windshield broke out, the spare tire underneath the car was laying along side the road and the front bumper came off. The air bags didn't go off and should have (thank God for seat belts, but poor dog.) The insurance adjuster is going on Monday to look at our SUV. We will then find out if it is a total loss or not and go from there.

We had stopped at Burger King for lunch shortly before the accident. When we got hit the food just went flying. There was lettuce and mayonnaise on the windshield and dashboard and Diet Coke spilled everywhere. Hopefully they clean it up before we get the car back, if we get it back. It will be pretty nasty in there if it sits for weeks.

I thought about taking pictures of the accident, but couldn't bring myself to do it. I was too upset about what could have happened to my family and loved everything about my Honda Pilot and hated to see it crushed. Luckily the driver tried to stop before hitting us or we would have ended up in the hospital. My brother cleaned out everything we left behind, so I don't know if I'll see it again before it is fixed or totaled. But, I think I can take a picture now if I get the chance.

When I was pregnant with Zack we were hit by a car by the passenger front tire, where I was sitting. It was at a slower speed and not as serious. Ryan said that we are not having any more kids because we are in an accident each pregnancy and they are getting progressively worse.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Our trip to Chicago

Monday and Tuesday we met some friends in Chicago for a mini vacation. Their daughter was born the day after Zack and she is pregnant also and due two weeks after me. I love that our kids, first and second borns, are/will be the same age. They live about 2 1/2 hours away from us and we have such similar lives, from jobs to difficult first pregnancies to husbands. We had an awesome two days and I look forward to many more vacations with them in the coming years.

We met Monday morning at The Shedd Aquarium. Zack and Abi hadn't seen each other since they were 9-10 months old. Zack had been talking about "Abi in Chicago" for over a week and they were instant friends when we met at The Shedd. I was afraid that once he realized he didn't really know Abi, except for the pics on the fridge, that he would turn shy and clingy, but he did great. The kids had so much fun looking at the various fish, dolphins, whales, penguins, etc. It wasn't very busy so we were able to let the kids out of their strollers to explore on their own. The aquarium was dark and we weren't allowed to use flash around the animals, so I didn't get many pictures.


We then left the aquarium and checked into the hotel to let the kids nap. After nap time we walked around Michigan Avenue and did some shopping. We stopped at Garrett's Popcorn and bought the yummiest cheese popcorn two pregnant women could ever dream about. We then headed back to the hotel and the kids were exhausted, so we decided to send the men for some Chicago style pizza for the adults and McDonald's for the kids.


Tuesday we went to Navy Pier. The kids loved the garden area and playing in the fountains.

(to be continued in next post)