Friday, May 28, 2010

Half Way


Hard to believe I'm already 20 weeks. Half way. Wow. Not sure where the time is going.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Ultrasound

Had our official ultrasound last week. Good news: our little kiddo is forming perfectly from what we can tell. God's work is amazing! And, we decided that if the ultrasound tech could tell, we would find out the gender this time. So....it's another girl! We're really excited that Little J will have the joys of having a sister. :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Yummy new recipe!


I stumbled across a new recipe attached to some coupons in the newspaper. I (accidentally) altered it slightly, and it came out great! Here it is in case someone else wants to try it out:

Salsa Chicken Enchiladas

prep: 10 min Bake 40 min Makes 6 servings

1 jar (16 oz) Pace Chunky salsa
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
6 flour tortillas
1 green onion, thinly sliced

1. stir 3/4 cup salsa, sour cream and chili powder in a medium bowl
2. stir the remaining salsa, chicken, and cheese in a large bowl
3. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side up in a lightly greased 11x8-inch shallow baking dish. Pour the salsa mixture over the filled tortillas. Cover the baking dish
4. bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling. Top with a dollop of sour cream and the green onion.

Yummy!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day



Honeygirl, you keep me on my toes. "Uppie, uppie!" is followed by you squirming to get down. You race through the house, leaving a trail of toys like that of a tornado in your wake. You are close to climbing out of your crib. You climb on chairs, stools, and lately the counter when you think I'm not watching. You open doors to sneak into my craft room. And you get into the pantry to find your own snacks if you don't think I'm moving fast enough.

But Honeygirl, I can't imagine life without you. You bring me books, wanting to cuddle in the rocking chair. You grab my hand, trying to convince me that playing with you is a better idea than cleaning or cooking. Your excitement bubbles over when your Daddy walks in the door from work. You drag your little stool all around the house in an effort to "help" me with whatever I'm working on or to get up to my level. You sing in the backseat when just the two of us are in the car. And you bring a smile to my face when you giggle or enthusiastically say "Mama!" and point to me.

I'm so glad I get to be your Mama.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Preparing to be a big sister


Last week some friends of ours had their first baby. With their permission, we took J along to visit Baby O while they were still in the hospital. It was really sweet to see her reach out her hands, wanting to hold him. With some help, she did a great job. :) We got to visit Baby O again this Sunday. You should have seen how excited J got about going to see him! And once again, she held out her hands, wanting to hold him. Her whole face lit up when I put him on her lap. She cradled him like her baby doll and wanted to give him kisses. She kept waving "hi" to him as well. She's going to make a great big sis! :)

Can this really be?

So now that baby #2 is on the way, there are all sorts of fun things to think about. How should I decorate J's new big girl room? Since we bought our own cloth diapers at 3 months with J, should we buy newborn ones or use the diaper service to start with again? When should we move J to her new room? Should I potty-train her before Sprout comes? Will Sprout be a boy or a girl? What kind of double stroller do I want?

I'm still working on answers for a lot of those questions, but I have decided to buy my own prefolds to use for the first three months with the diaper covers we already have. I mean really, what's another couple loads of laundry each week? If J is potty-trained, it won't be any more laundry than I'm already doing now. The other question I figured out an answer to was what kind of stroller I want. I've decided that the Kolcraft Contours Tandem Stroller is a really cool stroller! There are a bunch of different ways it can be configured because the seats are removable. This means the kids can both face forward, backward, away from each other, or toward each other. Aside from that, the carseat attachment can be added to either the front or the back...or if you had twins, you can put a carseat on each seat! Pretty cool if you ask me. So I've been faithfully scouting out craigslist.com to try to score a deal. In the meantime, I entered a contest to try to win one. But really, who wins those things anyway? Well, apparently, yours truly!!!! A couple days ago I got an e-mail informing me that I had won the giveaway. NO WAY, was all I could think. So a beautiful new stroller is on its way to my house. :) Oh, and since I'm way to far ahead of the game, I found and bought a stroller off craigslist before getting that e-mail. Guess I'll be reposting that....

17 weeks


It's amazing how much faster things seem to go the second time around. When you're pregnant for the first time, that little one forming inside is all you can think about. Life seems to totally revolve around that baby. I read books, I wanted my husband to read books, we took a ton of photos.... Week by week I knew what size my unborn child was in comparison to fruit, I analyzed the growth of my belly, and anxiously waited to feel movement. And now that I am pregnant with baby #2, I find my life still revolves around that first little one!

At 17 weeks, we finally remembered to take a photo (because my sister kept asking for one). Daily life revolves around playing with dolls, folding yet another load of laundry, playing with blocks, reading stories, tickles and laughter, and picking up toys for the 15th time. At the end of the day, I get the chance to sit down, and remember that there's another little bundle of energy growing inside me. But it's definitely not the first thing on my mind most of the time. Maybe that will change as my belly grows and gets in the way of playing on the floor and J curling up on my lap. We'll see!