Monday, January 30, 2012
Brian worked, so he couldn't go, but his parents and nephew joined the boys and me. I think Carson and Jakob rode every ride they had!
This was the first festival where Deacon got to play too. He giggled on every ride and had a huge, glowing smile from the excitement.
We spent about 4 hours having fun and filled up on all that healthy carnival food, including deep fried hot chocolate! By the end of our fun-filled day, we were all exhausted.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
How far along? 25 weeks
Mood: Is fat a mood?!?
Maternity clothes? Yes, and even some of those are getting too small in the stomach...
Sleep: It is getting a little harder to find that comfortable position, but once I do I sleep great.
Energy Level: Slowing down again. I start the day with energy, but just don't have the stamina to keep it going.
Best moments in the last month: Feeling lots of baby kicks!
Movement? Yes! Brian and a few friends have also gotten to feel Bennett in action.
Cravings: Lemon meringue pie and Big Red soda. (Probably the main contributors to the fat feelings!)
Baby purchases this month: No purchases, but a wonderful coworker gave us a gorgeous crib!
What I miss: Not having cankles at the end of the day from swollen legs.
What I am looking forward to: Spring Break
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Deacon, who was initially freaked out when we placed on the trampoline months ago, now LOVES to fly around!
Carson scares me when he gets going, but Deacon thinks it is the funnest thing ever!
If they aren't too exhausted, we even do a little swinging!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I knew we would be out of town, and that dinner at Melting Pot usually lasts a few hours, so we planned everything before we left. As most of you know, this year has largely been impacted by the medical issues surrounding Deacon, so all of our thanks went out to those who have helped us through this year's roller coaster. I ordered personalized New Year's cards through Walgreens that included pictures of Deacon and stamped and addressed envelopes before we left for Austin.
I honestly had no idea how much this would impact us! I can't think of a better way to bring in a new year than to reflect back and give thanks to the year that had been given to us, trials included. It may have been my hormones, but I cried on more than one occasion during our dinner while reminiscing on 2011. (Brian may have gotten a little choked up too)
#1- Deacon's first daycare
Prior to 2011, Deacon had been staying at a lady's house for childcare.
An opening came up at Carson's daycare at the end of 2010, so we decided to switch Deacon to where his brother went at the beginning of the year. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Around December of 2010 is when I started to notice that Deacon seemed behind his peers. I mentioned it to a few people, but they reassured me that he was fine.
By the end of the first week, the director and teachers stopped me to let me know that they could see some delays in Deacon. They prompted me to make an appointment with his pediatrician and even wrote a letter listing their concerns to take with me.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
We wanted to choose a place within a few hours of our house. My wonderful Aunt Claudia lives in California, but also has a condo in Austin. She offered to let us stay there, and even better she and her family came in town too! She is the best host and her condo is gorgeous, here is the view from her balcony:
We arrived in Austin late Thursday night, so that we could wake up early on Friday and have the whole day. We had breakfast in Austin and then drove to San Antonio. We knew that we wanted to stay until night so that we could see the lights on the Riverwalk, so we had lots of time to kill. We started by watching a movie at the Riverwalk Mall and then went sight-seeing.
We toured the Wax Museum too:
Pretty soon, it was time for dinner! This was the time we were most excited to be child-free (the rest of the trip we spent saying "Carson would love that..." and "Deacon would have so much fun there..."). No stroller-carrying over the bridges, no temper-tantrums blocking the walkway, and best off all, no taking turns on eating our meal while the other walks around with a kid. It was fantastic!
It was packed, but we walked right up to the first Mexican restaurant we came to and snagged a great patio table with a view to people watch and see the decorations. They also had virgin margaritas!!
After dinner we waited in line about an hour for the boat tour. (Again, so thrilled to be having grown-up time!) We lucked out and got put on a boat with the most hilarious tour guide.
We ended the night at Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar, where we sang along for about an hour and then headed back to the condo to visit with my family.
I don't know how I didn't get ANY pictures of my family! We ate lunch with them on Saturday and even drug the boys with us to Sam Moon! As you can see, Brian had a blast:
New Year's Eve evening we got dressed up and went to dinner at my very favorite restaurant: Melting Pot. (Another blog on our dinner is coming up)
We were back at the condo before midnight, and had time to count down the new year with my aunt and uncle.
On our way home the next day, we all had brunch at another relatives house with all the dishes you need for a successful new year: black eyed peas, cabbage, ham, and cornbread.
We had the best time, but it was wonderful to come home to our house and smoochie on our sweet boys!
Saturday, January 7, 2012
How far along? 22 weeks
Mood: Great!! I am back to being a happy pregnant lady!
Maternity clothes? Yes, because this is my first pregnancy to be spent almost completely in the winter, I have had to add lots of maternity pants and sweaters to my wardrobe.
Sleep: If I could only bottle up this extra sleep I am getting and save it for when I really need it, when Bennett arrives, I would be fabulous!
Energy Level: Almost too good! I should probably slow down a bit because the nesting is already kicking in and I am determined to get everything in order around our house.
Best moments in the last month: Amazing ultrasounds, Christmas, and New Year's.
Movement? The ultrasound tech told me that due where my placenta is located, a lot of the kicks will be absorbed, making it hard to feel the light kicks. I usually notice the most movement when I lay down at night.
Cravings: Wedding cake snocones (luckily, there is a place by my house that still sells snocones in the winter!)
Baby purchases this month: Haven't purchased anything yet. We've had Carson's birthday, Christmas, garage conversion, and up next Deacon's birthday. Shopping spree will probably start in March.
What I miss: Not feeling gigantic! I won't even say how much weight I have already gained with little Bennett...
What I am looking forward to: Finishing the garage conversion and getting the stupid glucose test over with!
I also dug up my 5 month pregnancy picture with Deacon to do a side-by-side comparison between my two little boys (sorry Carson, I didn't do this with you!):