7.27.2015

Some News - Why I Have Been MIA Lately

It is Monday, I am sore, and it is Monday. The good news is that when I leave work today at 4:30 I do not come back until next Tuesday morning. The nice thing with working 12 hour shifts is that I only had to take two 12 hour days off to get a week off.

So I am sorry I have only been posting the weekly updates with my pregnancy but we have had a lot going on. As most of you might remember we put our house up for sale last May. We were getting pretty discouraged and anxious when the one year mark came and went. We had about a dozen showings while it was on the market, but it just wasn't the perfect match for any of them.

Then we had a couple with a small child look at our house. They were looking for their first home and they really liked ours. We found out they put an offer in on another house - bummed - Then we received a call from our realtor and we were told that they want to withdraw the offer on the other house and make an offer on ours. They made an offer that we had said we would accept. This all happened in mid May.

We were told that it could be a while because they were getting a USDA loan - that was fine because we did not have a house to move into yet. I sent a message to the owner of a house that we looked at a year ago (for sale by owner) and told her we wanted to look at it again. She sent me a message back saying they had accepted another offer just days before! What luck we have! So back to house hunting it was for us...

I started slowly packing things we did not need and it seemed never ending! We decided to start putting things in storage (i.e. my mom's barn, Tim's brother's barn, & Tim's Parents' house). We went back and forth about building and we looked at different houses on the market. The first builder we contacted dealt with modulars, which we thought would be cheaper, gave us a quote that was way out of our range. We went back to house hunting, we ended up finding on that met what we wanted and it had a swimming pool. It was in a great location too. Turns out our bad luck was still with us and the owner accepted another offer.

Back to square one, again.
Our realtor is amazing, she suggested calling a building she knew just to get a price from him. He ended up being a great guy and had a quote that was in our range (almost $40,000 less than the modular with better quality.) We had a plot of land already in mind and he met us there to look at it. He is just one of those guys that you feel good about working with and he is easy to talk to and ask questions.

We have decided to build - Tim drew up the plans for a 3 bedroom two bath home. We are pretty excited. The land needed to be subdivided so we could close with the bank anytime after the 22nd of August. Fingers crossed it is close to that because we were given a 12 week build time-frame. We are looking at the end of November/ beginning of December as a move in time.
The last two weeks have been all about getting out of our house because the closing could be any day. Yesterday we decided to completely get out because we leave for vacation Wednesday and we did not want to have to worry about it.

Most of our stuff was out of the house already in anticipation of the closing being close. We just had our bed sets, kitchen items, and living room items. Tim's brother and Michelle came over to help lift heavy items and take loads to storage.
 Safety first... 

Our little family has officially moved in with Tim's parents. They are currently in Maine, probably a good thing because their house is a complete mess. It is so hard to pick and choose what you will need in the next few months - especially with the change of seasons. My goal for tomorrow on my day off is to pack for our trip to Maine on Wednesday and to clean the house and get things a little more organized.

We are expecting a closing sometime this week... fingers crossed it is sooner rather than late, I am ready to stop paying for electric ;)

I definitely over did it yesterday. My back and my hips hurt today. We were both dead on our feet last night.

Phew this probably should have been a two part story. I wanted to catch you all up, but I did not want to jump the gun with the announcement just in case things fell through.

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In other news today is a big day! Mason turns 3 today, yes 3! How did this happen? My little buddy has a blossoming personality and definitely has his own opinions and attitude.

Hopefully I can get an update up for tomorrow :)
Happy Birthday to my wonderful little guy!




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7.22.2015

Waddle Wednesday - 32 Weeks


This week has definitely been rough. I have been feeling pregnant and it really has not bothered me until now. I feel pregnant and it isn't even because of the heat, I am just tired and feeling "full." I think I may have lost my mucus plug a couple days ago. I think that seems a little early so hopefully it means nothing. I will be mentioning it to my doctor today. I have 8 weeks left... Mason arrived on his due date, maybe this little guy will too.

Weight gained:  We will find out today at the appointment. I am hoping I have stayed about the same. We shall see. 

Workouts: I have been active around the house and getting things done. I have definitely been moving and not sitting because we have so much going on. 
Symptoms: My feet were swollen a little the other day, but not too bad. I am having some "practice" contractions. They come and go and aren't really painful. My blood pressure has been creeping up the last few days. I have had co-workers take it a few times and Tim checks it at night. We shall see what the doctor says today. 
Movement: Lots of movement - He is definitely getting bigger. I can feel when his butt is in certain spots or when his foot is in my rib. 
Food Aversions:  Nothing really. 

Food Cravings:  Nothing -- Not a specific craving, but there are times that I just want to eat everything in sight! 
Sleep: I spoke too soon last week about sleeping well. I started sleeping like crap on Thursday night. Rolling over is a chore and just getting comfortable. I just feel like I am out of space and he is taking up some of my lung space. I am not up going to the bathroom all the time, but I do wake up a few times a night. 
Maternity clothes?:  All the way!
Stretch marks? : Seems like my old ones are more pronounced and maybe there are a few more. I do feel like I am running out of room and that more stretch marks are probably in my future. 
Miss Anything?: I would love a margarita or just to sit on a porch with a friend and have a drink. I am not a big drinker, but I do find it is relaxing at time. I miss sleeping and being comfortable. I also miss working out. 
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  We are thinking about going to an amusement park on Friday with Mason. They have a kids area and a water park that Mason enjoyed last year. Nothing else is really going on this week. 
Someone told me I looked tiny for 32 weeks, I will take it :) 

Baby Items Purchased:  I found some things on Zulily that I really liked this week so I placed an order last night. I got a few nursing bras and a couple onesies and a shirt for Christmas.  I sent this photo of a onesie to Tim just because I thought it was funny and he said to order it because it is funny.

Looking Forward To: Going to Maine next week for a few days. Also I have an ultrasound at my next appointment in two weeks. 



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7.16.2015

Waddle Wednesday - 31 Weeks



Weight gained:  I lost a pound last week at my doctor's appointment - I am currently at 212 lbs. Hopefully I can keep staying at this weight for the rest of the pregnancy. 

Workouts: Just staying active when I can. I am still pretty much just riding this pregnancy out. I do not have the energy for working out. 

Symptoms: Heartburn galore this week. The ultrasound last week showed that the baby already has quite a bit of hair. my hips hurt when I sleep - I need to roll often. 
Movement:  Lots of movement. Lots of kicking in my rib around. He also get hiccups a lot. 
Food Aversions: Nothing

Food Cravings:  Nothing really. 
Sleep: I am sleeping through the night still. People find that amazing when I tell them that. I am sure it will change in the coming weeks, but I am enjoying it now. 
Maternity clothes?:  All the way. I am loving dresses right now. 
Stretch marks?: Maybe - Hard to tell if the old ones are just more noticeable again. 
Miss Anything? : Sleeping on my tummy -- the usual. I miss being able to lift things when I want to move something. I don't like being restricted. 
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  Nothing really. Just trying to get things in order for two kids and the rest of the pregnancy. 

Baby Items Purchased:  Nothing this week. We really do not need much because we still have our stuff from Mason. I can see a big baby lawn sale in the coming years. 
Looking Forward To: Maine in a week and a half. We are going for 4 days. 

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7.13.2015

A Reception, A Circus, & S'Mores

What a beautiful busy weekend. The weather was pretty much perfect. Friday I ended up going into work for a few hours to cover an opening. Mason and Tim worked on the lawn and a nap.

Saturday we lounged around in the morning and then started getting ready for a wedding reception we had to go to in the afternoon. My friend from preschool, Christina, also my maid of honor got married in October in Vegas and her parents gave her a beautiful outside reception this weekend.
I wore the dress I got at Boscovs a couple weeks ago for $10 :) I got a few compliments on it and it was comfy - win, win!
They had some kids toys near the horse shoe area and Mason managed to find them pretty quickly. 
Mason was being a little devil after about two hours. He had not napped yet that day and we decided that it was probably time to leave. We wanted to take Mason to the circus that evening and he definitely needed a nap before that. We decided to leave before the meal. They had a lot of stuff still planned, but with a toddler sometimes you have to miss things. 
This photo will hopefully push me back into working out and eating well after the six week go ahead from the doctor. I just do not feel like I look good, but Mason looks cute with my glasses on.

Mason fell asleep very soon after we left the reception and slept for about an hour. We woke him up to walk over to the circus. He seemed excited and I was happy he seemed interested. We got to see the elephant and some camels outside before the show. A woman was also handing out some free tickets, we ended up paying for just one adult ticket.

Things were going well. This photo was taken before the turn of events...
As soon as the music started Mason covered his ears. He kept moving around and trying to burrow into me. He was not happy and his meltdown came slowly and it was just so sad to watch. He was so sad and so upset. He kept telling me he wanted to leave, "too loud mommy." Michelle had come with us so we all ended up leaving.

He seems to have sensitive ears. He thinks a lot of things are "too loud," I will be mentioning it at his doctor's appointment next month.

After leaving the circus after 15 minutes we we to find Daddy and Uncle Mikey. They were at the firehouse which resulted in having to go to each fire truck and go over the equipment and what was on it. He loves seeing the trucks.

We had a taco night at Michelle and Michael's house. After dinner a fire and marshmallows were suggested. Mason was so excited and I am not sure he has really had toasted marshmallows this year - maybe once last year.
He gobbled a few down and was loving them. We had to cut him off before Tim and I were up all night with a hyper child. He had to bring his furry friends up with him to play and give graham crackers.
The girls were loving all the attention from Mason.

I had to work Sunday morning and got out at noon. While I was at work I heard there was a lot of Scooby Doo and Paw Patrol watching going on.

We went to a Rescue Squad picnic in the late afternoon. No photos :/  It was yummy though.

It was a nice summer weekend, I did not feel like there was too much running around which means it was a good weekend.



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7.08.2015

Waddle Wednesday - 30 Weeks


30 weeks?!?! What? When did that happen? That means we only have 10 weeks left.

Weight gained:  Appointment is tomorrow, hopefully nothing and if any gain just a little. 

Workouts: I have been active and trying to get my steps in. 
Symptoms:  I have been having some Braxton Hicks contractions. I feel like I waddle at times, just will get worse in the weeks to come lol. 
Movement: Lots of movement. I want to try to trick where you put a flashlight up to your belly to see if he will move at all. 
Food Aversions: Nothing

Food Cravings:  Nothing big -- For some reason I keep thinking of those flavored icee things in the odd triangle shaped frozen things we used to get on school field trips and such. Tim has no clue what I am talking about and I cannot seem to find them. The weird things you think of while pregnant. 
Sleep: I have been sleeping through the night the last couple weeks. I am happy not to get up for bathroom breaks right every night. I am sure that will change in the next few weeks when the baby grows bigger. 
Maternity clothes?:  Of course... 
Stretch marks?: Maybe some on my tummy and sides. I am starting to feel more and more stretched every day. 
Miss Anything?: Water Skiing, a nice frozen alcoholic drink, and wearing my normal clothes. 
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  Mason is starting to talk more about his little brother and about being a big brother. 

Baby Items Purchased:  I was thinking about ordering my stroller from Target this week. If you spend $200 you get a $40 gift card so that would be like getting the stroller for 20% off. I would have just needed to add some diaper rash cream or something to the cart to get to $200. I checked this morning after getting my cart together yesterday and the stroller was out of stock at Target! Of course it was... I guess I will wait to find a good deal. 
Looking Forward To: My ultrasound tomorrow - I cannot wait to see what the baby looks like at 30 weeks and to see that everything is going well. 


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7.07.2015

A Little Work in the Sun

I was given the opportunity recently to try out Block Island Suncare Sunscreen. I got to try their Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30. Since having Mason we have been more aware of sunscreen and having it on daily.

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to protect it. Not enough people use sunscreen when they should and that can cause damage later on in life.

I am always worrying that Mason does not have enough on. I do not want him getting a sunburn - we all know how painful that can be. I don't want him to go through that pain. This product is approve for adults, children, and infants over 6 months old.
All of their products are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes and artificial fragrances.  They also don't do animal testing and use vegan-based formulas.

The sunscreen was not oily and it went on really well. I like the idea that this product is fragrance and dye free.

I have been using the sunscreen for a couple weeks now with positive results. I used it the other day when I decided to weed my flower beds. I may have been neglecting them for a little too long.
It was hot and muggy with plenty of sun. I did four flower beds and I worked up a quite a bit of sweat. The sunscreen stood up to the task and I did not get burned. I would definitely recommend this product to others. 
After weeding you could actually see some of my plants instead of a big mess. I will definitely miss my huge hosta plant when we move. I love this plant and I have not managed to kill it in the six years we have lived in our house. That is pretty good I tend to kill plants, especially ones that I like. 

Check Block Island Sun care out on Facebook & Twitter.

How do you stay protected from the sun? 



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7.06.2015

Weekend Recap

What a bummer to have to wake up this morning after a week off. Well not really a week, I worked on Thursday for a couple hours, but still it was a long time off from work.

Thursday I got out of work around 2 so we could head to my aunt and uncle's camp on the lake for the night. We thought a night away would be good. We had a rough start to the week, but it seemed to get better with the new month starting.

We got to the lake and Mason was ready to get in the water and in the "boats" or what we like to call kayaks. When my aunt went to get his life vest he found a boogie board and goggles. He had to put them on. So here is my little goober...
Tim took Mason out in the kayak for a little ride around the lake. Mason then wanted to get in the boat by himself. so Tim stood in the water and walked around with him. He was actually using the paddle and making himself go. When we hit the lottery we need a house on the lake. 
Friday morning, this was our view from the porch. I could really get used to that. Mason slept in a bunkbed for the first time, bottom bunk of course. He ended up falling out of it during the night... oops. He only whined for a second and then he was fine and went back to sleep.

After breakfast Mason wanted to go on a boat ride so we were off. My god-daughter came with us. I had Mason for the beginning of the ride.
Then he decided he wanted to get in the canoe with Daddy.
It was such a beautiful morning and the lake was calm and pretty much empty.
I had an interesting time getting in the kayak, but nothing beats me getting out of it. I was standing in the kayak and went to get out and lost my balance and landed on my butt in the water. It was shallow water. I laughed it off. Mason kept saying sorry. He had gone to the side I fell on to "help mommy" so he thought it was his fault. "I was just trying to help mommy" It was so sad. He told everyone I got a boo boo and that he was just trying to help.
We need to make it back to the lake soon. Maybe next week when they have a week up there.

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The Fourth of July was pretty low key for us. We hung out at home and worked on some projects and just lounged. It was nice. Tim and I took an ambulance to a parade in the late afternoon. Mason was excited to go see the parade. That is his new obsession, parades. He loves watching them.

After the parade we went to Tim's brother's house for a cookout. We kind of planned it last minute, but it turned out pretty delicious :) This is Mason's "Stop taking pictures Ma" look. He just looked so cute in his patriotic outfit.

It was a great end to a nice break from work for both Tim and I.

What did you do fun for the Fourth?



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