Tuesday, October 31, 2006

That Nesting Thing

I go through nesting phases when I become pregnant. With Caleb, I came home about a month and a half before he was born with paint and border after we had decided on just paint. Poor Kerry, he had to do all the painting himself. I helped a little with the border. Since I was working full time, I didn't have as much time to nest as I did with Josiah. I did do a lot of nesting while at school though. I had all of my lesson plans made and activities all ready, materials purchased, etc. before Caleb was born. I guess that would count too. Josiah's was much worse. I think I started nesting before I even knew I was pregnant. I tore down the wallpaper in the half bath and the kitchen (a major undertaking). We also painted the half bath, guest bedroom, kitchen, and family room. On top of that, I received an antique roll top desk from a family member that required some fixing up. Once again, Kerry got to do a lot of these jobs.

And now with pregnancy three, I'm starting to experience that nesting thing again. Saturday afternoon, I decided I wanted to redo Caleb's closet, not just rearrange clothes and toys. I took the book shelf and rod completely down. I took the boys to Lowe's to get a new rod and shelf. Kerry had the privilege of having to put up everything once he got home. I have to say I'm pleased with the results. Caleb can actually reach his own clothes now. If my wonderful husband only knew the ideas I have in my head, he would be really really tired just thinking about them. I would love to redo Josiah's closet, our closet, repaint almost the entire house, and I'm sure a few other things. I can handle painting with the windows all open. I will definitely need help with the closets though. I'm not good at finding the studs in the walls. I'll keep everyone posted on my nesting as this pregnancy continues.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Go, Go

Josiah coming back in after playing outside

Previously, I posted that we were in the process of getting Josiah comfortable around the potty with the goal of understanding how to use the potty before the baby is born. He can go pee-pee when he really wants to in the potty. He can also not go on the potty and run into another room a minute later and pee-pee on the floor. I don't make a big deal out of it since it is making him aware of his need to go to the bathroom. I just clean up the mess and tell him that pee-pee goes in the potty.

Tonight, I really wish I had had my camera upstairs. I was sitting at the computer. Josiah had just finished his bath and was enjoying running around the house naked. All of a sudden, I hear him say go, go. That is part of our routine when we practice going potty. We sing a song and talk about going pee-pee. I decided I better check on him. When I did, he was standing in the big potty (feet in the water) saying go, go and thinking he was pretty smart about the entire thing. I did my best not to laugh too much. I'm glad to see he initiated going potty himself (not sure if he actually went), so hopefully in a few more months, it will be an easy task. Just thought I'd share this funny little story with you.

Josiah also rediscovered the doggy door tonight. At one point a few months ago, he thought it was pretty cool that he could crawl through, but tonight I could see freedom in his eyes as he crawled through the doggy door. After he would crawl through, he'd get up and wave at us and then start playing. And he knows how to crawl back in. We will just have to make sure that the doggy door is closed during school since he likes to come downstairs at various times while Caleb and I are doing school.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More Pumpkin Fun

Josiah's pony ride

Mommy, Josiah, and Caleb (Caleb had his eyes
closed and the other picture similar to this, Josiah
had his fingers in his mouth)


I think Caleb was ready for a little more action
than ponies walking.

Today we went to Pumpkin City with Jessica, Kendra and Drew. Since we had all been to other pumpkin patches and Caleb had seen this one in the JC Penny's parking lot, we decided to try it out. Although I prefer a farm atmosphere, we still had fun. The hardest part was limiting the kids to a certain number of rides. It was like a small carnival. We agreed, mainly with Caleb, to the pony ride, petting zoo, and one ride. There were a few cute picture spots, but it is so hard these days to get Josiah to be still even for a few seconds. Both boys came home tired. Josiah fell asleep in the car and Caleb ended up taking a nap which rarely happens unless we've had a busy morning. The boys and I showed our Baylor spirit by wearing our Baylor shirts.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Josiah's First Haircut

The Before

The After

We took Josiah today for his very first haircut. I guess it was about time since his hair was pretty long and I thought I was ready too. It is really short! I wasn't as ready as I thought I was. I keep looking at the back of his head thinking that I should be seeing beautiful curls instead of a straight line. I do think he is pleased to have it out of his eyes. He did pretty well until the clippers made a mark on his ear. I don't blame him one bit for crying over that. All his well now and he is happy to be running around the house.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Golf Fun and More

Today, we went to the driving range as a family. Josiah and I watched Daddy and Caleb hit golf balls. Josiah did get in a little practice time as well after a quick nap. Being pregnant, I chose to refrain from hitting shag balls. Caleb loves playing golf and it's so much fun watching him practice.

Here are a few things about the boys:
*Josiah likes to walk backwards.
*Today, Caleb mentioned that he had seen a dragonfly in the baptist swimming pool (a.k.a. the baptismal pool at church). We had a good laugh over that one.
*Josiah likes to twirl, spinning around in a circle.
*We signed Caleb up for baseball again for the spring. He will actually be trying out this year to see what level he will be playing.
*Josiah wants to do anything Caleb does. If Caleb is loud, Josiah will be loud. If Caleb tries to throw food in the air and catch it in his mouth, Josiah has to try it. If Caleb wants to sit in a chair, Josiah wants to sit right next to him. If Caleb is doing school, Josiah wants his own paper and pencil (not crayon) for school. You get the idea.
*Caleb is doing very well in second grade.
*We are finally getting around to having Josiah's haircut this week.
*Caleb's second lizard named Pumpkin has been living for almost 2 weeks.
*Josiah is cutting his bottom molars.
*Caleb along with Bailey's help, killed a mouse trying to enter our backyard tonight. I was inside the house watching and screaming from the window and grossing out at the same time. Dinner wasn't too appealing after that. With Kerry at church, I was very thankful for a brave son and dog to take care of that mouse.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Baby Names and Such

I feel at a loss at what to do, but will adjust. By this time in our last two pregnancies, we already knew the sex of our babies, and we were using their names. Anytime we spoke of each, we would use their name. Everything was ready way before their arrivals. When they were born, they were so used to hearing their names, that they seemed to respond early on to their names. By the time we got to the car after each sonogram, their names were in stone -- Caleb Reece and Josiah Preston. They were actually both pretty set from the time we found out we were pregnant with each, Caleb's especially. Josiah could have been Jacob if Caleb could have chosen, but Daddy really wanted Josiah and I liked it as well.

And now we have nameless baby Mackey. Poor thing. We really haven't even finalized a boy name and a girl name. The boy name will definitely be Biblical and we're trying to decide if we should keep with the Biblical names if it's a girl. I have a feeling we'll continue with a Biblical name even if it is a girl. If we have a boy, the nursery he will never use will be ready, but if we have a girl, it's a completely different story. She will arrive to a cradle in our room which she will use much more than a crib in the nursery unless she turns out completely different than our boys and sleeps through the night. And then there is the question of what to take to the hospital. It will be March, so is that short sleeve or long? Do I buy a boy outfit and a girl outfit or a neutral outfit. Should I have a few pink gowns at home in case it's a girl until I can go shopping or do I go neutral? Questions, questions. I plan to finalize all of this come January. But any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sonogram Visit

Yesterday was the day of our sonogram. I have no idea what I was actually expecting since I didn't want to find out what we were having. I think I thought Kerry would figure it out and that he wouldn't be able to keep a secret. And then I would know but it wouldn't be because I wanted to know. I don't know if that makes any since. Anyway, everything appeared to look good. My due date is still March 8th, but this baby is measuring to be due around March 3. This little one is around 12 ounces already and was moving quite a bit during the sonogram. Caleb told me in the car after the sonogram that Jesus told him what we were having. I will refrain from revealing what he told me since it changed as soon as we got home. I'm still glad that we didn't find out, because now all of the excitement of finding out will happen at this baby's birth.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Baby Hiccups

I forgot to blog about our baby's first hiccups which were actually the first movements I felt of this little one growing inside of me. It actually happened on Friday, September 29 while at our small group (2 weeks ago tomorrow). It was during one of the few times I was sitting still and not chasing Josiah. I felt three little hiccups. I never really noticed hiccups with the other two. This week I've also started feeling more movement which I love. I think it's one of the best parts of being pregnant -- getting to feel your baby move.

Everything else pregnancy wise appears to be going well. We go next week for a sonogram. Our plan is not to find out what we are having. However, Kerry asked me if he could look and if he could ask questions. I told him he was welcome to look and ask questions as long as I didn't find out. Hopefully, I will come out of the sonogram without a clue as to what we are having. And if my husband finds out, hopefully he can keep a secret for the next few months until I can find out when the baby's born.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Pumpkin Patch

The boys looking for their pumpkins

Mommy with her "three" (I'm starting to look

Caleb, Josiah and Nana

Caleb, Mommy, and Josiah

It was so hard this year to catch both boys looking at the camera at the same time. By the time Josiah was looking, Caleb was closing his eyes due to the light or making some silly face. I can't even imagine the chaos of trying this with three next year (the picture part), but I will try and hopefully succeed. I'm sure part of it has to do with my camera, it is slow taking pictures. I may start switching back and forth from my digital to my Nikon again. The Nikon takes pictures so much faster and with a fast moving 1 year old, it is needed. The digital is so nice to see pictures right away and to post on the blog. I'm thankful that I have both.

Weekend with Nana

Caleb and Nana getting ready to play laser tag

Josiah with Nana at Boomers

Caleb climbing

What a busy weekend! Nana flew out to visit us on Friday morning. I am not a morning person, but I used it as a good reason to go eat at Chick-fil-a for breakfast. We picked my mom up at the airport, ate breakfast, and then kept moving the entire weekend. Friday morning, we spent shopping. Nana got a very good start on Christmas presents for the boys at Toys R Us. Caleb is getting to that age that it's hard to shop for him at times. So, he pointed out things he really liked and when he wasn't looking, we put it in the basket. We enjoyed lunch at home and a little rest time before we went to my midwife appointment. Currently, I am about 18 weeks pregnant. Everything looked good. Friday evening, Nana decided that Caleb needed a new lizard to replace Mark. Unfortunately, lizards are very expensive and some are pretty time consuming. Mommy and Daddy said no to the low maintenance $60 lizard that would need another $50 worth of stuff to add to the $60 we spent just that week on Mark. Caleb was heartbroken.

Saturday found Kerry and Caleb at an antique car show and free breakfast while Nana, Josiah and I went to the mall to do some serious shopping. Nana was able to pick up more things for Christmas and a few treats for now. That evening, Nana and I took the boys to Boomers. Both of the boys had a blast. Josiah enjoyed being outside and Caleb loved riding go carts, playing laser tag with Nana, rock wall climbing, and miniature golf. We were all very tired by the time we got home.

Sunday found us squeezing in a little more fun. We took the boys to the Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms. Going to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite things to do each year. I know my children won't want to go forever so I'll enjoy it while I can. After finding the perfect pumpkins, we went to lunch and fit in just a little more shopping before we had church that night. The boys were getting pretty tired by the end of the night, but we still rented movies for the night and brought Mexican food home for dinner. Yum!

Now it's the end of Monday. Josiah and I woke up early and took Nana to the airport -- another excuse for Chick-fil-a breakfast. When we got home, Kerry and Caleb didn't even know we had been gone. I felt bad that Caleb didn't even get to say goodbye and that Josiah was sound asleep when we dropped Nana off at the airport. But we are very thankful for the short but sweet time we got to spend with Nana.

Friday, October 06, 2006

So Long, Mark

Mark, the blue-bellie lizard, made it through the night, amazingly. I really thought he might pull through since he was moving around. Unfortunately, Mark did not make it. He past away sometime after lunch while we were finishing school. Caleb handled it well and was ready to go catch another one. We still have plenty of crickets if Caleb finds a new lizard. Kerry and Caleb went out early this evening in search of a new lizard but were unable to catch one. They are determined to catch one over the weekend. We'll see.

On a happier note, my mom flies in tomorrow morning to stay with us for a few days. We are really looking forward to spending time with her. Caleb wishes she could stay longer. Mommy does too. We will remain thankful for the time she can spend with us. I'm not sure what our plans will look like, but I know we'll have fun.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It's a Western Fence Lizard

Josiah enjoys watching the crickets

The best picture of Mark

Caleb with Mark (notice the blue markings )

Let's just say that after tonight, I have never invested so much time in one small lizard. He does not know how good he has it. After Caleb went to Kidquest this afternoon, our entire family went to Petsmart including the lizard (we left our dog at home). I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into or I think I would have lovingly suggested we free this helpless little creature. As soon as we walked into Petsmart, an employee immediately greeted us, asked Caleb about his creature and calmly stated that the lizard was in distress. She went on to let us know that we had a Blue-belly lizard. And then she proceeded to let us know what kind of habitat this Blue-belly needed. We would need a bigger cage (Caleb had him in an old hermit crab cage), calci- sand, a heat lamp, a water bowl, and live food, meaning crickets. On top of that, we would need to mist him when we got home because he was looking so poorly. We asked if she thought he would make it and she didn't know except he didn't look so good. She also spoke to Caleb saying that the lizard, name changed to Mark, might not make it and would Caleb prefer to let him go and look into getting a different pet. Caleb said he would be okay if Mark died. We were told that if he didn't make it they had other lizards that we could purchase from them. The good news is that if he pulls through, the lady has known a couple of these that have lived a good life of 10 years. Can you see me with a lizard, buying crickets every week, for ten whole years?

Once we got home, Kerry set up the new habitat, misted Mark, and freed the crickets to hopefully be eaten. Mark is still alive but still not looking well. Upon further research, I found out that it is actually called a Western Fence Lizard and very common where we live. They are commonly referred to as the Blue-belly because the male lizards have blue markings on their chest/neck area. So, we have boy. I could find no info on the life expectancy. I'll let you know if Mark pulls through.

You Brought Home a What!?

Yesterday, the boys and I ran a few errands in the late afternoon when I got a call from Kerry. He asked how our day was going and what we were up to. He even went on to say what time he was planning on getting home since he was having some guys over to work on motorcycle stuff. Then he brings up the big news of the day, news I was not expecting to hear. My darling husband, devoted father of two boys caught a lizard/gecko inside his office. He put it in a cup and put a lid on it to bring home to Caleb. This is the man who knows how much I do not like bugs and creatures of that sort. Other people know my dislike of lizards. Mike, our neighbor when we lived in Fort Worth, had to come over when Kerry was out of town to catch a lizard inside our house. Another time, I refused to sleep in our house since a lizard was still running loose. And another time, my sister helped get a lizard back out the window when we lived in Arlington.

But Kerry's love for his little boy who has a passion for the above mentioned creatures prompted him to bring it home. I told Caleb in the car that Daddy had a surprise for him when we got home. He begged me to tell him, but I did not reveal the surprise. When we finally made it home, he was so surprised. You should have heard him when he told me what Daddy had brought him. I told him the lizard could not live in the house. I did find the old hermit crab cage with a big rock for the lizard. I finally told Caleb I would allow the lizard in the house, but he was never to open the cage inside the house. And at bedtime, the lizard had to be in his cage on the kitchen table or outside. He is thrilled beyond words and talks to his lizard constantly. The lizard has been named Blue Chin Lizard. I have told the boys that they need to go to the pet store to see about food and water. It is also a motivator for Caleb to listen the first time since I told him we would set it free if he could not listen. So far so good. We have no idea what kind it is, but Caleb is in love. I've tried several times to get a good picture, but they keep turning out blurry. I'll keep trying and one of these days introduce the newest family member.

Monday, October 02, 2006

I Can't Believe I Forgot

Sunday was Kerry's 36th birthday, and I can't believe I forgot to wish him happy birthday online. I did remember to celebrate his birthday in person which is much more important. We had a very pleasant family birthday on Sunday. We woke up on Sunday morning and at Daddy's request, we went to IHOP for breakfast. The boys really liked that idea. After breakfast, Daddy got to enjoy a leisurely ride on his motorcycle while Caleb helped decorate Daddy's birthday cake and wrap his gifts. Caleb knew just what we should get Daddy and he wanted Daddy to have a motorcycle cake. I wasn't up for making a detailed motorcycle, so Caleb like the idea of picking out a toy motorcycle from the store to put on top of the cake that he could later play with. Kerry also enjoyed a nice uninterrupted nap while the boys and I got ready for church. We then went to church that evening. Happy birthday Kerry! We love you!