Wednesday, February 24, 2010

16 Week Update

     I've been feeling pretty good. I am always hungry though. I don't know about most women but I know that about 2 days before it's "that time of the month" I feel ravenous and now that I am over my morning sickness and well into my 2nd trimester I feel RAVENOUS all the time! It's great for my taste buds and awful for my belly line!
     I am still very tired all the time but it's okay because my son is super cuddly at night!!

My 16 week appointment went great. We heard the heartbeat again and I'll never get tired of that. My OB gave me a hug cuz he thought I might have been cranky when I protested the blood test for all the genetic disorders... I figured I had it when Sage was born and my genes haven't changed so why should I do it again? Well apparently I can mutate... Kinda like the X-Men. So, I am going to go ahead and do it. BAH. At least I got a hug. I gained 8lbs. BOO!!! It was funny though because when I walked back out into the waiting room after being weighed, I told my sister in law and she said "What's wrong with that? 8 lbs. total is great for 16 week!". I said, "8 lbs. in a month!!!" and she goes "oooh... yeah, maybe not so good. hahah!". Hahahah I've made my peace with it though. I shall move onward and upwards on the scale no matter what I do so why fight it. As long as I don't gain as much as last time I'll be happy!

     So all is good. Still working on getting the iPod video to you guys. Work is actually going pretty good :) Love ya!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I've created a monster.

     Sage is officially obsessed with my iPod touch. For some reason I think he calls it "Dee" (not sure why). Last night he was in his chair and he was screaming bloody murder for "DEEEEEE. DEEE!" I didn't know what the heck he was talking about so I started picking up things, "this... This? THIS? Just tell me what you want" followed by him yelling "DEEEE!" Hahahah. I finally picked up the iPod and he seemed happy. He did the same thing this morning. Maybe "Dee" means down and I am just occupying him with the iPod. Hmmm. (**Lightbulb moment**)
     At any rate, he still loves that thing. He knows all of his shapes now, which amazes me. I love how he says oval and diamond, "Oho" and "Monmond". It makes me melt a bit. he's been slow with his talking but the things he does know makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
     We went do dinner a few nights ago with some friends and I use the iPod to occupy Sage when he gets fussy. It works fabulous and at least it is educational. The people in line and at the table next to us were all but freaking out about how well he seemed to navigate through the screens and how he does it all on his own. Aaron is convinced that I should record Sage on my Flipcam playing with it and send it to Apple so that maybe they might make him their spokesbaby. You know, like the e*trade commercials. If I remember, I'll see about getting him on film tonight so at least you guys can see it for yourselves.
     I know I forgot to do my 15 week update last week. When I say it was a rough week I wasn't joking. Lots of weird things went on and most were to do my own fragile emotional status but all of which have waned which is great so I'll do my 16 week tomorrow and give you the details of tonight's baby appointment.

P.S. Sage fits on his tricycle now... Such a big boy!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A series of mini emotional diffulties...

     Sorry I have been absent from the blog-i-verse but I have been having a rough couple days as far as handling stress and other messy life things. This has left me feeling uninspired and, honestly, not very positive about things. Rather than subjecting you guys to my negative funk and publicizing the not so pretty or funny portion of my life I am just going to take another day or two to gather my bearings and I will be back :) Thank you for understanding.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Wine for pregnant mommies!!!

One of my closest friends came over for a Mommy night last night and she brought me this:

It's RED WINE with the alcohol removed...  Now I haven't tried it yet but being that tomorrow is Valentine's day I just may have it with dinner! YAY! So excited!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

14 Week update

     I'm feeling so much better and I feel like I am eating so much more hahah! So, I guess the morning sickness is officially gone!
     The boobs are still pretty sore which is a huge pain (literally)!
     I'm sleeping better this week and only waking up once or twice on a good night.
     My moods are crazy, ask Aaron!
     No movement yet.
     My skin is all nice and pretty. Which is a kick in the pants because when i am not pregnant I break out all the time but when I have a bun in the oven my complexion is almost completely clear. If I didn't dislike being pregnant so much it would be almost worth it just for the clear skin.
     I've gained a few more lbs. so, I think I am up to 13 now. Eeek. Weight Watchers here I come.
     Sage wants to sit on my stomach all the time now. He's trying to help me keep Baby Parker warm :)

That's all to report for now. Over and out!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Two iPod/iPhone apps that my 22 month old loves!

     I have realized that it's very challenging to entertain a toddler when they are put in non-kid friendly environments. Places like doctors offices, the DMV, sometimes even the grocery store or waiting in any line longer than a few minutes long. Recently, I received an iPod Touch for Christmas and have come across two apps that my son loves and I thought I might pass this info along.

     The first app is made by Duck Duck Moose and it's called "Itsy Bitsy Spider". It's $.99 and it's the cutest thing ever. There is an option for you to record your own voice singing the song as well as many other musical options. It is a cause and effect based program which means that by touching objects on the screen it will cause things to react. It has 3 different screens with many different actions and the song plays in the background. Sage gets a kick out of the idea that he points to something and he makes things happen.


     The second app is called "Kid Genius". It is also $.99. This app is purely educational. It offers 5 different kinds of flash cards with really great pictures: Alphabet, Learn to count, Common words, Letter tracing and Number tracing. The alphabet, counting, and word features all have sounds to go along with every flash card and the letter and number tracing have touch/pen feature so you can see what you are writing. Sage has only really been able to use the alphabet and word features but I am sure he'll be using the others in a few years. Definitely worth the $.99!

**I would also like to note that he enjoys the "Pocket God" app but only because he gets a kick out of flinging the pigmies around and waking them up when they fall asleep. He laughs hysterically.

Down in the dumps...

     Yesterday I was worried because I didn't feel physically pregnant for the first time since the morning sickness started which was literally the day after we found out we were expecting. It wasn't until this morning that I realized that I may have not felt physically pregnant but I definitely felt emotionally pregnant because I felt like a total nut bag and I still kind of do. I feel detached and lonely and bored.
     I had to stop going to school after last semester because I am at the point where I no longer need any prerequisites for the Nursing Program at my school and I can't start the program because I won't be able to take time off for the baby. School was one of the most important things to me. I loved it. I loved how worth while it made me feel and how I always had something to do for ME! That's such an important thing for a person who doesn't know how to do anything for herself and now I am at a stand still. It's frustrating.
     I am also having a hard time with feeling left out. This, I know, is a little silly and under my own control but I live in Las Vegas. Quite literally the city that never sleeps. I was never a party girl but I do love little social events but I have been sick all these months and I get very very tired. My husband still participates in such events because of his job and it makes me feel very left out.
    As far as feeling detached, well that's just normal pity party emotions. You know the good ol' pregnancy blues: feeling fat, old, and out of touch.
     Right now the only thing keeping a smile on my face is hanging out with my little boy... He's pretty funny these days. I know that all of this stuff will pass. It always does but it doesn't make it any more fun. But tomorrow is another day, Right?

Monday, February 8, 2010

WebMD states that these are the healthy guidelines to follow for gaining weight while pregnant.
  • Underweight: Gain 28-40 pounds
  • Normal weight: Gain 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight: Gain 15-25 pounds
  • Obese: Gain 11-20 pounds
With my last pregnancy I gained a whopping 65 lbs I think... EEk is right!!! I really really don't want to gain that much this time but here I am 14 weeks pregnant and I have gained 14lbs. UGH. I know that doesn't sound awful but it's definitely not ideal. My mother tells me not to worry about my weight. My mother is Korean and apparently I am supposed to be feeding all of my cravings because it will make the baby happy and healthy. I'd be all for that idea if it didn't mean having all this leftover grossness when the happy baby is out.

I know I said I wasn't going to worry about the weight thing this time because I had such great success with Weight Watchers the last time but I can't help it. There's nothing more distressing than seeing your body turn into this unrecognizable thing so fast.

So tell me Mommies... How much weight did you gain in your previous pregnancies. Did you fall within the "guidelines"? What kind of things keep you feeling good about yourself while pregnant?

Friday, February 5, 2010

I had THE dream.

     I had a dream last night that we had a girl and of course not everything in this dream made perfect sense but so few of my dreams aren't laced with oddities. For those of you ladies have been pregnant before you know how dreams while pregnant are completely different from those that you have when you are not. Pregnancy dreams a very realistic and sometimes hard to distinguish from reality at times. I dreamed that I was laying in bed sleeping (like I actually was) and I awoke with a sweet little thing wrapped in my arms like I did so many nights after Sage was born. I got up with this dream baby and felt instantly GIRL. I walked over to a crib with it looked like 6 blankets strewn everywhere (odd) and I laid her down on her back only to have her continuously flip over on her belly (odd). I kept thinking to myself that this was a bad thing because we hadn't bought a new Angelcare Monitor yet (true). I glanced over to the side of the crib and noticed a teeny pair of leopard print leggings (odd) right before I woke up.

     Now don't get all excited!!! I thought for sure that Sage was going to be a girl. Even when they told me he was a boy, I still thought he was going to be a girl. So, my track record is pretty crappy. I think everyone is pulling for a girl. The lunch lady at work even says girl. I guess we'll see. For the record, Aaron and I have no preference whatsoever! We're happy either way. So make your bets now.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Nice Surprises.

     I woke up this morning to find this:

How sweet right. After 10 years of being together he still makes an effort to show me how much he appreciates the things that I do for him. I've got myself a pretty great guy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Update on "Operation Cup Up"

I bought him a new cup with a straw and he seems to like it and the chocolate milk wasn't really a hit BUT he did take a few confused sips which is more than he did with the regular milk.

Significant other questionnaire via

What are your middle names?
Marie and Jason

How long have you been together?
Married for 2 years and together for (Drum Roll) 10 YEARS

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
3 months maybe

Who asked whom out?
I think our friend Jason Grant just told us to go out!

How old are each of you?
31(me) and 32(him)

Whose siblings do you see the most?
His. His sister used to live with us and now lives 15 minutes away and his brother lives in Tucson. My only brother live 1700 miles away in Illinois.

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?

Time. There just doesn't seem to be enough of it. We tag team with the son. He works at night and I work during the day so we don't see each other much during the week and then on the weekends we are busy catching up on things we need to do and complaining about how we don't ever see each other.

Did you go to the same school?

Are you from the same home town?

Who is smarter?
I am smarter. BUT he is by far more talented and passionate than I am. I give up to easy.

Who is the most sensitive?
I am. OR he is much better at hiding it but I am pretty sure I AM.

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Yama Sushi... almost every weekend.

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Puerto Rico.  It was our first real vacation together and probably my first vacation EVER. We went on a cruise and it was amazing!

Who has the craziest exes?
I would say we probably split that one only because our exes are probably equally as crazy... I know that's a lame way to answer but keep in mind we dated all the way through our 20's which means all of our exes were in their teens at the times and we are all crazy back then.

Who has the worst temper?
.I most definitely do.

Who does the cooking?
I do. Although he cooks me breakfast in bed every sunday!

Who is the neat-freak?
He is. We are complete opposites in that manner. I am organized in the head and messy in real life and he is messy in the head and SO orderly in real life. I'm a planner and he's a cleaner.

Who is more stubborn?
I am. Let's just leave it at that.

Who hogs the bed?
Our dog, Sadie! She's a tank and is like moving a pile of bricks in bed.

Who wakes up earlier?
I most definitely do... He would sleep all day if I let him and it used to make me mad but now it just makes me jealous.

Where was your first date?
Do people go on actual DATES anymore? I guess the first time we ever ate out together as an item was at a Chinese place called Toss.

Who is more jealous?
I am.

How long did it take to get serious?
That answer would be different if you asked him but I would say 3 months because after 3 months I was sent to Bosnia with the military and he waited 3 months for me to get back... I think that is serious!

Who eats more?
I do. WHAT... I like food!

Who does the laundry?
I do... and um his mom does it when she comes to visit. I sware I don't make her.

Who's better with the computer?
I am. Hahahah Aaron still is getting the hang of Myspace.

Who drives when you are together?
He does unless it is a long trip and then I usually do.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ah the innerworkings of the pregnant mind.

     One of my dear husband's friends called to talk to him about his pregnant girlfriend the other day. I'm not sure why his friends all of a sudden find him to be the expert on crazy pregnant women or if I should take offense to that but apparently that is what he has become. His friend was basically calling to ask Aaron what he should do because since getting pregnant his girlfriend seems like she doesn't think he can be trusted to do anything right. Aaron proceeded to talk with him and give him the low down... "She's right."  Ah, I have trained my husband well! It truly was the cutest thing I have heard Aaron explain to another grown man. He told him that when women are pregnant they can't help but be crazy sometimes and no matter what happens just agree, try harder, and give her a hug (unless she's holding something sharp).
     It's true though. I, on any other non-pregnant day, find myself to have some moments of lunacy where a few minutes post verbal diarrhea I think to myself, "Crap, where did that come from". So imagine being pregnant and every hormone in your body is no longer concerned about you. The hormone's main focus is the growing thing in the base of your belly. The hormones no longer care if you look like a lunatic. Not only that but, sometimes after spending an hour in our closets mourning the clothes we used to fit in, we really do HATE our significant other for "DOING THIS TO US!".
     On a more serious note, I have had issues with mental stability all my life so I know what it is like to really not understand what is going on in your own head. I've been severely bi-polar for over 15 years and I can't say I know what it feels like to be a normal pregnant woman but being that I try very hard to be normal without the use of medications I can only assume that a normally hormonal pregnant woman is a lot like me on any given NON-pregnant day and I must tell you it's a struggle and I'm sure she doesn't like feeling that way any more than you do. I think it feels a lot like what being body snatched would feel like. You see and hear everything that is going on but you have no idea why you feel the way you do about it and you have no control over how you express it. Hence, the crying over coffee commercials.
     I do give husbands, boyfriends, life-partners a BIG kudos for sticking it through! It's not an easy task to watch the woman you love not only change shape completely but personality (albeit for a short time) as well. It's a difficult time for all parties involved and the better-halves in our lives really do deserve a standing ovation for handling us with kid hands.

I love you, Aaron. Thank you for understanding!

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Great Bottle Battle of 2010

My 22 month son has an addiction problem. He's addicted to the bottle. Twice a day he gets his milk in a bottle and not because we prefer it. He refuses to drink milk out of a cup. He drinks water and diluted juices out of his sippy cups but the minute I put milk in he takes one sip, makes his famous what-the-heck-is-this-stuff face and pushes it aside. So I came up with a 2 part plan:
Stage One: Begin daily bottle dilution until bottle is all water and if he still prefers it moves to Stage 2.
Stage Two: Begin adding V8 to the bottle. I couldn't think of anything less appetizing to a toddler so V8 it is!

The point of the first to stages is to get him off the bottle by giving him a reason to dislike having one. I know it's extreme but reasoning with a 22 month old who doesn't talk much is a bit difficult. After, hopefully, getting him off the bottle, I am going to attempt to get him to drink milk out of his cup by adding chocolate milk to the cup and then decreasing the amount of chocolate as the days pass.

So over the weekend we started this process and it didn't even seem like he noticed that the milk was being diluted until today. Today I prepared his bottle with 2 parts water and 1 part milk and SUCCESS!!! He took one sip and tossed it aside YAY. So "Operation Bottle Drop" is working and hopefully we can start "Operation Cup Up"

Wow, being a parent is a lot harder than I thought it would be. So many changes are coming with this new addition to our family especially for Sage. As parents, Aaron and I are really trying to hold Sage's hand through all of this to make it as smooth a transition for him as possible and that is proving to be a very delicate process to create. First getting rid of the bottle, then moving him into a big boy bed, and finally getting him transitioned into a day or two a week of kindercare/pre-preschool for socialization. It's amazing how fast life changes and ultimately success in life in determined by how well we adapt.