Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving...and a reminder

Take the time this week to focus on friends, family and the blessings in your life!

And, if you have a child with autism or another special need, check out the Autism Speaks website for tips on helping your child cope with the added stress and change that the holiday season brings.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Counting Down...

...to a lot of different things! So much is going to be happening around here soon and we're starting to get really excited!

First, there's only a few more weeks until Emily's arrival and then we've got all those wonderful holidays to anticipate - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas! We can't wait for Christmas this year as my dad and stepmom will be coming to visit from Texas. This will be the first time that they have seen us since Anthony was 3 months old. I'm sure they'll notice he's grown quite a bit and this will be their first time meeting our little curly-haired sweetie Matthew.

There's so much I need to catch you up on that if I can get the time to type this week, there should be a few more posts!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As Time Goes By

Happy 4th Anniversary to the most wonderful husband and father ever! I love you!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Emily Update!

We've had a pretty good week here at the zoo. The boys have been playing and getting along so nicely with only a few new scars to show from their sibling wars. We've been swimming and eaten tacos and had a visit from mawmaw, cleaned the apartment and done some decorating and made yummy Butter Rolls.

We're still gearing up for Anthony to start pre-school in a few weeks. He, of course, has no idea even though I've explained it quite often and driven past the school several times. I am so excited about the opportunities this will create for him and his speech and occupational therapists as well as his behavioral pediatrician hope to see some improvements. His pre-school seems wonderful and has gotten rave reviews from everyone I've talked to, so I'm not worried. I know he'll do just fine without me, but this mama will still probably shed a few tears the first time I have to drop him off in the circle (the first day, Andy and I get to walk him in and stay for an hour in the classroom with him and then go upstairs for an orientation meeting and to fill out paperwork, so we never actually leave the building without him that first day.)

Last weekend, Mom and I went shopping up in Chattanooga. I had nooooooo idea, but it was not only the last weekend before school started up there, but it was also the tax-free weekend. It was so incredibly crowded, although I did score some pretty sweet deals on fall clothes for the boys (psst...check out Carters and Old Navy).

Matthew is just amazing me this week. He is getting to be such a big boy and although it makes me sad to see him at the same developmental level as his big brother, I am so proud of all of his progress! He has started imitating us and is so good about listening when we tell him "no." He is also starting to follow very simple commands and let me just tell you that his curly hair melts hearts wherever we go! Andy and I so often are surprised when Matthew starts doing something new because we don't expect him to be doing it at his age. I suppose that comes from Anthony not following the 'normal' developmental time line but it is so fun for us to see Matthew master all these new skills and he is so proud of himself every time Mommy and Daddy clap for him and say "yay!"

We are now going to OB appointments on pretty much a weekly basis. Emily is measuring an estimated 4.2 pounds (WOW!!!) and her amniotic fluid is looking incredible at 17.19. At this point with both the boys, the fluid had already started decreasing and becoming a problem so it is exciting and a relief that hers is still looking well. The doctors are a little concerned because she is measuring so far along (exactly two weeks ahead) but it is due to my gestational diabetes. We will just continue to keep a close watch on her and are still looking at welcoming her into this world around the 37 week mark.

So that is what's happening in our neck of the woods - how are you and yours going to spend the last few weeks of August?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fall is Almost Here!

Well, technically, there's still about a month and a half before fall officially starts! But the schools here start back on Friday and the school supplies are flying off the shelves, the tax-free weekend in Tennessee was this past weekend and walking by the Yankee Candle store in the mall on Saturday, I couldn't help but notice that they already had Halloween things featured in their window display. And that's good enough for me to say that my favorite season is just around the corner!

I've got so many fun things planned for us to do this fall - now let's just see how well Emily cooperates with her arrival!

What are your family's favorite fall activities?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Limbo

Do you ever feel like you are in limbo? Like you are just waiting for your life to start moving forward? About this time in each of my pregnancies, I always start to get impatient and restless. I am so ready for the baby to get here so life can be "normal" again.

I'm ready to move forward with weight loss plans, vacation plans, ready to start living life as a family of five. It seems like there is so much that Andy and I want to do with the kids that has to wait until they are older - places to go and do and see, events to attend, etc. and it just seems like we'll never get there sometimes.

I'm an impatient person to begin with and waiting for things I can't control seems like it is driving me bonkers! Do you ever feel like this?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Shopping Excursion

I had to go shopping this past weekend and pick up a few things for the new little one. You see, after we had Matthew, we gave away EVERYTHING - clothes, blankets, gear, because we were done for a while.
Well, somebody must have a sense of humor because about three weeks later, we found out we were pregnant with #3! Of course, we weren't sure what to buy, since I'm firmly in the boys get blue, girls get pink camp. Yeah, I know, it's gender stereotyping at its worst, but I just can't help it.

So we've had an ultrasound or two (I never really believe the first one that tells us the gender, for some reason) and I can now feel confidant in shopping to my heart's content. What are we having, you ask? Just take a look at some of my purchases below...


In case you didn't guess - we are having a GIRL!!! We can't wait to welcome our little Emily Marie to our family this fall!