Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tell me about it Tuesday...

I haven't done one of these in forever, so this is long overdue.  Welcome back, Tell me about it Tuesday!

Let me tell you about...

  • How PREGNANT I am feeling these days.  Yes, I realize I am almost 6 1/2 months along, so this shouldn't be a shocker.  But up until about two weeks ago, I didn't "feel" pregnant.  My belly was barely protruding.  My who-ha didn't hurt.  I could get in and out of my bed/car/chair easily.  I felt normal as normal as one can feel when there's a human growing inside of you.  That all went to shit very quickly a couple of weeks ago.  The pregnant "waddle" is in full effect.  I can't breathe.  My belly just feels heavy.  Getting in/out up/down takes an act of Congress.  And now that ol' girl is just poking on out there, everyone and they mama want to touch me (that's a whole other post).  I'm really not down with that.  I barely let Christopher and the boys touch my belly.  My Pre-K students are drawn to it like a magnet and I swear I go home with tiny handprints on my bump every single day.  I also get asked questions like, "Do you still have your baby? When is it getting out? How is it getting out? Can she come to school with us? Let's name her Cinderalla, and call her Cinderelli like the mice. Let's name her Princess. Does she hurt?" And so on...it's pretty cute most days, but I'm running out of (patient) answers.

  • How we started painting baby girl's room this past weekend and I was so nervous!  The two colors I picked out I absolutely love, but sometimes what you "think" the colors will look like on the wall and what they actually look like, are two totally different things.  Luckily for me, once we got started I fell in love.  I wasn't a whole lot of help to Christopher, but I did what I could.  He has had many sleepless nights working on her nursery and it just makes me fall in love with him more and more every day.  I woke up to an empty bed Monday morning and when I went looking for him, found that he had fallen asleep in her room and slept on the floor all night!  Such a good man.  Everything is painted now, we are just waiting for her crib to get here sometime this week and my mom is about to start working on bedding and curtains.  I can't wait until it is finally finished!  C sent me a text earlier about how nice and calming her room is and that he goes in there and just feels better.  That made my day!  The boys have expressed similar thoughts.  They go in there and just stand there or sit a minute and say, "It just feels...nice."  I hope that is a good sign for what is to come and that baby girl feels the same way!

  • While I painted and climbed a ladder a few times I managed to stay 100% safe and have no accidents or aches/pains.  However, Saturday evening, with the simple act of getting up off of the couch, I managed to injure my ankle.  Seriously?  The ladder was kind to me but walking is not?  My left foot was completely numb (not in the way it usually is when it's asleep and tingles) and when I went to take a step, it literally folded under me and basically bent in half.  Fun times.  It hurt like a mother!  Fortunately (or unfortunately I'm not sure) I have a pretty high pain tolerance.  I've been following the usual "RICE" remedy and Sunday it was feeling better.  I pretty much stayed on the couch watching Teen Mom 2 episodes and feeling better about my life and icing it off and on.  Yesterday C wrapped my foot up like a burrito in an ace bandage and it didn't bother me all day....until I got home and unwrapped it so it could breathe.  I cleaned in the kitchen and cooked dinner and by the time I sat down it was swollen like an extra large golf ball again.  Luckily I'm stubborn I have a doctor's appointment Thursday to do my "sugar test" so I plan to have her check it out then. 

So that's what I wanted to tell you about!  There's probably a ton more I could add, but those are the highlights from the past few days.  We do have a name picked out, but I don't want to share it until I get her room done and can show that off, along with her name!  If I can wait that long anyway...
I appreciate any and all good vibes you want to send my way regarding my gimp ankle and the testing on Thursday!

Happy Day Y'all!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Because I said I would...

I told y'all about the thing I saw where instead of making New Year's "resolutions", people were asked to write a statement that started with "This year I will..." and ended with "...because I said I would".  I really love this because it seems more real and like something (I at least) feel I would hold myself accountable to.  Here are my "...because I said I would"s for 2014.

This year I will...

  • Pay more attention to my children and love of my life, and less attention to my phone.
  • Never be too busy to look at what my children are asking me to look at (no matter how many times I've seen it or how unimportant it may seem).  If it's important to them and they want to share it with me, it's important to me.
  • Never turn them away when they want to crawl in my lap, sit by me, or anything else that includes them WANTING to be with me.  I know those times will come less and less the older they get, so I need to cherish them more now.
  • Care less about what people think of me.  I make no apologies for who I once was, who I am now, and who I will be in the future.  And I mean this in every aspect of my life and in every role I play.
  • Worry less and enjoy more.
  • Do my best to remember as much about this pregnancy as possible.  This will be the last time I ever have a baby growing inside of me and I want to embrace it as much as I can.  Every flutter, every kick, every hiccup, every part that I can.
  • Savor every moment I have with this baby once he/she is born.  I have always felt like I was so stressed when the twins were born, going to school and working and having very little help from their dad, that I was just going through the motions.  I remember so little about those first few months that I was home with them and I regret that very much.
  • Learn how to be a mom to THREE and not stress about it.  I'm never going to be perfect at this parenting thing, but I can do the best I can for my babies.
  • Make healthy choices during this pregnancy and even more after baby is born.  I want to feel good inside and out.  And lezbehonest I want to look damn good in all of the unwanted pictures that will be taken of me with the baby.
  • Learn how to say no.  To others and to myself.  I mean, I am pretty convincing and sometimes that gets me in trouble.
  • Go to new places and try new things.  Restaurants, foods, vacation spots, stores, hobbies, anything and everything.  I love my little comfort zone, but it's time to step out of it.  At least every once in a while.
  • Watch more F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  (jk I'm not sure that's even possible, thanks to TBS and Nick@Nite)...

Ok I know that is a long list.  Honestly several of those things go hand-in-hand with each other so once I get the ball rolling with one, everything else should fall into place.  I said SHOULD.  I could probably double this list, but I ain't got time for all that.  No one likes an over-achiever anyway. 

I hope that if you're reading this, you too have some "because I said I would"s that will make this year absolutely amazing.  If you don't, get that shit started now!  The deadline for changing your life isn't January 1st, in case the rest of the world  didn't tell you.

Mama's Out.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Guess who's back...

It's me!  It's me!  Ok not really, this is probably just a fluke...but it's a start.  I finally had some free time where I could be alone with my thoughts and decided I better document them!  Life has been crazy busy lately.  In case you missed it, here is what happened the last half of my 2013...

  • Our annual "End of Summer Vacation" was cut short because of my pesky gallbladder.  Spent the first night in Galveston at the ER and headed home the next morning.  I was then rushed into emergency surgery to have my gallbladder removed.  Fun times.  Recovery was a biotch but I survived and was glad to know that the cause of all of my random stomach pains was finally taken care of.
  • Kason and Kutter started first grade and started losing their teeth!  Exciting times all around, except for the Tooth Fairy, because that bitch is now broke.
  • Found out we are expecting a baby that will be joining us around the first week in June, or earlier.  We are all dying to know if it's a girl or a boy, but we have to wait one more week!
  • My best friend asked me to marry him, and suurrrpprrriiiiiissse, I said YES!
  • We bought a house back in the Spring and have slowly been remodeling here and there, so that's an ongoing 2013/2014 project. 

So yeah, that is just a tiny glimpse into what has been going on in my world since I went on a blogging hiatus way back when.  I've missed it a little, but have enjoyed keeping up with you guys and staying in touch via Facebook and Instagram.

As is mandatory for New Year's everyone has been making and posting New Year's Resolutions and it has been quite fun to read what all of the plans are for 2014.  Everyone's all like, "I'm going to run four 1/2 marathons and a full marathon" and I'm over here like, "I'm gonna try not to get out of breath walking from my car to my classroom everyday".  I kid, but while crazy workout goals are not in my near future, I do enjoy seeing others work so hard to achieve theirs!

I saw a clip on our local news on January 1st about a sign that was posted for people to write on and instead of "resolutions", people wrote statements that started with "This year I will..." and ended with "...because I said I would."  I love that.  It's so easy to make resolutions and promise to stick to them, and then fall off the wagon a week later.  Sometimes we set unrealistic goals for ourselves and expect immediate changes, setting ourselves up for failure.  Which is part of why I love the whole, "because I said I would" thing.  No one wants to break their word to themselves.  No one wants to lose accountability with themselves.  So, that's what I am working on.  My, "because I said I would" list.  I have a bad case of pregnancy brain these days, so I'm not going to publicize my list until I get my shit together.  Plus it gives me another reason to get on this ol' blogger site and write again!

I hope everyone enjoyed Christmas with their loved ones and welcomed 2014 in with nothing less than a stellar buzz/hangover.  Mine was fabulous and the only buzz I had was from my Aggies winning the Chik-Fil-A Bowl against Duke, and some sparkling grape juice.

Until next time...