16 DAYS AND COUNTING! I have never gone past 37 weeks...EVER! My DR. is having me wait until 39 so I am interested to just how far my body will stretch. I am not complaining I promise I have so much to do still it's insane! I haven’t even pulled baby stuff from storage yet! Talk about procrastinator. As of last week at my 36 week check up my belly was measuring 46 weeks extra jumbo chubby. This week I am only measuring in at 43 weeks because Mr. Man has dropped. I feel like I am walking on a time bomb. Not really though. I have never gone into labor by myself so I feel totally confident with my plans to paint and rip up carpet and dig through the storage unit in search of all things baby in the next 2 weeks before he makes his grand appearance. I don't even feel as big as I normally do so this is a good thing. The only complaint I really have other then the usual sciatic nerve issue is when my family makes fun of my walking. I have never really waddled before and this time for some reason I am like a waddling whale. The other day I was in a particular hurry to make it to the bathroom and Kippi who was sitting on the couch started quacking as I passed her. I stopped and asked what she was doing. Her reply? "I was just imagining what sound you were making...." Seriously when your five year old thinks you speak duck because of the way you walk it is time to deliver! So now for your viewing pleasure and to document the sheer monstrosity that is me and my belly here are my 37 week photos. Please excuse the messy room. Oh make sure to click on the photos to enlarge them and truly get the "full" effect. I hope you all enjoy and appreciate the fact that I am this large and have NO AC in our home or our car. Yup I am LU -UV-ING it! So, until next time have a good one.
This year we decided to go low key and just hang as a family instead of the usual major family BBQ. Karl worked until noon and then we took Kelten to Indian Jones 4 while my Mom watched Rieken and Kippi. Thanks mom! It made the movie so much more enjoyable to be able to actually sit through the whole thing. We got home just in time for a quick trip to town for my ice and the makings of Karl's super nummy crab pot and a coconut cream pie. The kids love the crab pot because we just dump it out and it's a mass free for all. What more could you ask for? The highlight of the day seemed to be the HUGE rainbow that covered Burbank just before it started pouring rain. The kid's are still talking about the rainbow and wanting to know when it's coming back. We had such a great low stress day just spending time with our little family and enjoying each other. We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing day too.
Karl has been working like a mad man and school is kicking his butt so sleep is like gold to him. Here is a rare time out for Karl in between school and work and naptime for Rieken. The fact that they coincide is what makes it so rare. Rieken just snuggled right next to his daddy and closed his little eyes. The next thing you know they are both off in the land of dreams. It was so sweet.
Last weekend my little sister Tiffany and sister in law Eden threw me a shower. I know who needs a shower on their fourth baby right. Well Tiffany really wanted to do this and who am I to get in the way of a party? It was so nice and I loved it. I just wanted to say thank you! We sat and ate and chatted, opened a few gifts and ate some more :) seriously, what is not to like about good food and good company? They put in so much work making all of the food and setting everything up to perfection (Mom thanks for all of your help too and Dad thanks for watching Eden’s kid’s ). It came out simple, elegant and just wonderful. Thank you for only making us suffer through one game although it was a good one, hangman to guess the baby’s name :) Maren and Angie I still can't believe you worked it out! Also a big thanks to all who could make it. It was so nice to see everyone! And last but not least a special thanks to Jenn McClure for stepping in and helping out. You are amazing and we all really appreciated everything.
Today has been one of those days. Kippi got to stay home with daddy WHile I took Rieken to my Dr. apt. (all is well) They made lunch and they decided on deviled eggs nummy! This made Kippi so happy as she loves them to bits!! Rieken got to mow with daddy and this made his day fun fun. Then Rieken went off and whacked his head open again so while I took him in to the ER for some T LC Kippi and Kelten got to hang with Dad and have fun with the Birthday toy. That toy has been a huge hit around here. Hours of fun I tell ya. Thanks Aunt Toot.
At our house we are usually very good at getting the kids to bed by 7:30 with the exception of Rieken. He goes down around 9pm... Karl and I have always been night owls and we are often up into the wee hours of the morning. I have always felt that my prime time and best working hours are between the hours of 10PM and 4 AM. Although, lately with Karl having to be up at 4AM to work he has been pooping out around 11ish. This is really okay with me because I have actually enjoyed the extra sleep. I find myself wondering why we haven’t done this before. Well last night Karl had to write a paper and I had laundry to fold and Rieken had to throw a MASSIVE fit and stay up so what do we do at 11 o'clock at night? We pull out Rieken's birthday toy and have some fun with it. It's sad to say but, I think Karl and I had even more fun then Rieken did and that is saying something! So, my question to you is what have you been doing at 11Pm at your house lately? (Keep it clean) Until next time I hope you enjoy the pics. Karl and his face prints Rieken doing his face printRieken's face print ( looks just like the baby's ultrasound pic!)My face print (blowing kisses)ME looking fab (My wicked witch of the west look)Rieken's foot print he did himselfRieken and Karls foot prints
So, I am on this diabetic diet. Really it's not all that bad considering I've lost 3.5 pounds in two weeks and the baby is almost 7 lbs and growing...Considering the fact that my only major craving is ice and that’s a free food I really have no problems. It's just that sometimes I find myself wanting something I can't have. So to be "good" I just find myself eating three of a "good" food instead of one "bad" food. I know this should really be stopped but if the proof is in the pudding I have to say a little weight loss to eat more food is not such a bad trade unless... It happens to be cheeses sticks. I love cheese sticks. But I know my limits especially when I am pregnant and already having bowel issues. Cheese is not a luxury I can really go all out on right now w/o some serious pay back from my body. Well I did. I ate four yes four cheese sticks. First off that is just an insane amount of food for a snack, second it would mess with any non-pregnant persons regularity let alone a pregnant persons, and third come on do I have no self control?! So what was my solution oh yeah this is good. I ate a whole lb. of strawberries to counteract the probable side effect the cheese would have. I wasn't hungry I'm not supposed to eat a ton of fruit and a whole pound? Really Niki was it necessary? Yes, yes it was. I spent the entire day in and out of the rest room but if I hadn't had those strawberries I can only image how many days vacation I would of had from that very room to only be in there a whole day anyhow! . My body could not make up its mind. I could just feel the internal struggle; strawberries or cheese, strawberries or cheese? I think I have learned my lesson. Next time I will stick to the ice. It tastes better there is zero guilt and there are no side effects.
Okay so, I tend to chop my hair off right before my babies are due. Why? I don't know. I guess it is one major change I have complete control over. This time I went for bangs and frankly they are driving me nuts but hey it's just hair. I know I have been a total slacker lately and I have yet to post a single pic from apple blossom not to mention Mothers day, Rieken's birthday and the list goes on! Please be patient with me because I will, eventually. I hope everyone is well and I promise once life settles just a tiny bit I will get back into the blogging groove.
This weekend is the annual celebration of Apple Blossoms in Wenatchee.
My grandparents live there so this is just a super time to party with the whole Fam Damily. It is a tradition to go to the Parade on Saturday morning and then hit the street vendors and snack shacks. It is like the fair w/o the animals.
Then after a long morning and afternoon of hanging in town enjoying all the goodies everyone heads back up to the heights (the mountain my grandparents live on) and have a fun family time with food games and a hunt through the orchards for random kids who went for a walk and have yet to return. We haven’t been in a few years and we really miss it. Unfortunately Karl's schedule was crummy so he couldn't go and frankly I'm not up for a load of travel right now. So my parents offered to take ALL THREE KIDS! Can you believe it? I cam going crazy just thinking about all I can get done with two days of zero interruptions’ the very least if I totally can't be bothered just think of the amount of sleep time I can rack up:) Heavenly I tell ya. Anyhow, all the kids are so excited they can't stop talking about it. This will be Rieken's first trip out of town w/o Karl of me so it should be fun. I will post pics next week when everyone gets back. Until then Happy weekend.