Wednesday, July 28, 2010

28 Week Appointment



I had my 28 wk. check-up last week and everything looked great. Luckily since the last great weight explosion between 20-24 wks., I've only gained 4 more pounds between weeks 24-28. Not that I'm that concerned. I've always gained 50lbs. during pregnancy and it looks like this time is no different. Like I've said before, I've put it on before and I'll take it off. This time it just may take some extra laps around the block!

I am craving more sweets this go around. With Hughes all I wanted was friend egg sandwiches - now, I couldn't eat one to save my life. In fact, they kind of make me feel ill just thinking about them. With Banks it was watermelon all the time. I'm pretty sure towards the end we were going through 2 watermelons a week. It was so good and cold. It's sounding pretty good right now, too.

His heartrate was 131 and he is a mover. During the day, he is very relaxed but at night, oh man, he likes to rock 'n roll. The boys just got to feel him move the other day. Both were a little perplexed after feeling the kicks. My nieces(Anna Banks & Emma) felt him move last night and asked if the kicks hurt. And a friend a church during a class could visibly see my stomach moving around. Either this kid loves Dave Ramsey or he was protesting against budgets - let's hope he's a saver!

Hughes and Banks will bring up the baby a lot. We talk about the baby's room and what we'll do when he cries. Hughes says he is going to share with him and show him his Legos. While Banks insists upon singing his "Lightening McQueen" song that David made up to my stomach.

I feel great other than the usual tiredness & achiness. School starts back for the boys on the 9th so that will give me a some more "down time" where I can rest or just gets things done without two energetic boys tagging along! I can't wait to meet this son and, hopefully soon, David and I will have an official name. It's not that we can't agree. We just haven't had the time to sit down and discuss it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Going Private


My blog is going private due to a lot of random comments - none bad but I don't have a clue as to who they are. If you are a friend or a friend of a friend and would like to keep up with us, please message me/leave me a comment with your email address so that I can add you to the "invited" list. The comment section of my blog is also private so no one else will be able to see your email address.

I have been and continue to be a blog stalker so don't be embarrassed to tell me you read my blog. I just want to make sure that I'm keeping my family safe and that I can continue to blog about the great adventure of raising two boys - soon to be three!

Happy Blogging!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Camp



Hughes has his first experience with camp this past week other than VBS. He went to O is for Oceans day camp at the Children's Museum. I was a little (okay, a lot) nervous for his first day because I know his personality and how he is not one to jump into an activity. He typically needs more time to warm up and slowly join the group. But, what the heck, we ripped the band-aid and sent him off with two good friends to ease the pain.

I got a phone call around 10 the first day from the director. Hughes was in her office saying he wanted to go home and that he didn't like camp. Thankfully the director was not calling to tell me to come pick him up but instead was calling to ask for his interests and what she could do to make him feel more at ease. I gave her a few suggestions of his favorite things (Scooby Doo, legos, and, oh yeah, his new lunchbag).

She called me back 10 minutes later and said she had asked to see his lunchbag and he had gotten very excited. He talked about the sea turtles on the outside and showed her what I packed him for lunch and then he was ready to go join the group. I hadn't realized that he was so excited about what I packed him until every morning when I was driving carpool he showed Miller and Thomas what was inside. Then it dawned upon me, he has never had a lunchbag where he was responsible for eating independently with a group - I've always been there with him to set his lunch up for him. This was good practice as this school year he will be having lunch at school and using his lunchbag.

Well, he finished the week on a high note and came home every day after Monday telling me that "camp was awesome". He made a koi fish, jellly fish, an ocean in a bottle, and a sea turtle. He had a great time and an awesome first experience with camp! We will definitely be signing up for next year, too. And, I think I'll sign Banks up, too!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Unwelcomed New Friend



Hughes was playing in the woods with friends yesterday and came home with a new friend. We didn't see it until this morning when David was giving him a kiss goodbye before he left for work. It was a TICK! It was embedded in his scalp. GROSS! David pulled it out and, thankfully, the entire thing came out. Hughes didn't even whimper.

We put it in a plastic bag so that we could try to identify it via Google. We also called the pediatrician to make sure there wasn't anything else besides antibiotic cream and watching for swelling that we needed to do. I'm still not sure what kind of tick it was but, apparently, it is very rare to contract Lyme Disease in SC. The majority of the cases are up north so that made me feel better.

Of course, we will continue to watch Hughes and the spot to make sure our healthy boy stays our healthy boy!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Birds of Prey


This morning we ventured to The Raptor Center in Awendaw. We've been twice before but it was always in January. We decided to experience it during warm weather and it did not disappoint. We all had a great time and the boys were well-behaved during the flight demonstration so much so that David and I could really pay attention.

Me and the boys in front of one of the many "homes". David tried to get the falcon in the background but he wouldn't cooperate.

David with Monkey #1

and Monkey #2


An owlet who is 8wks. old. David and Banks went to see the babies. Hughes and I had run out of energy and opted to sit in the car and play legos. However, this was only the last 10 minutes of the trip. (I didn't want you to think I was a lazy bum!)

If you haven't been to the Raptor Center then you definitely need to go. They're only open Thursday - Saturday and is worth the drive to Awendaw. We finished off our visit with a trip to Mellow Mushroom where we declared our morning adventure a success.



Kids Bowl Free


I signed the boys up for the Kids Bowl Free program at our local AMF bowling alley. It is a nationwide program and I thought I would give it a shot. I'm always looking for that occasional indoor activity when it's 100+ degrees outside with 100% humidity.

We went on Wednesday morning unbeknownst to us that there is a morning group who bowls that day. We didn't have to wait for a lane but it was crowded. I didn't think at 10:00am there would be much of a crowd but I was wrong. The bowling was free but we did have to pay for shoe rentals - which wasn't much.

Stacy met us there with Charles and Francis and the bowling ensued. Hughes lost interest about after the 5th frame. Charles and Banks were into the bowling. And Francis, well, she bumped her head and lost interest after that. After watching a couple of balls literally creep down the lane the manager brought us over this metal ramp. The kids could put their balls on top of the ramp and then give them a slight push which would send the ball sailing down the lane. This was much faster and easier. I think we quit after the 8th frame.


Charles and Hughes at the control board.

Banks working on his form.

The boys with their green balls. You can see the ramp in the background.

I don't think this will be a weekly activity but I'm definitely glad to have it in my back pocket. You never know when I'm going to want to send David and the boys off on an adventure!



Lowe's Kids Clinic - Monster Trucks





Last Saturday, the boys and I ventured to Lowe's for their Kids Clinic to make our own monster trucks while David did yard work. It was our first time doing one of these clinics and we will definitely be back. The boys had so much fun. It was very interesting seeing them with kid-sized hammers, safety goggles, and aprons. I was a little nervous about the nailing but both of them did great. I did have to hold a few while the boys hammered but luckily for my fingers they hit the nail every time.


Banks working hard hammering in those nails! The holes were slightly pre-drilled so it made hammering easy.


Hughes concentrating on his project. He did a great job following the picture directions.

Showing off his finished truck. Hughes chose the flames on the side.

While Banks chose "Monster Truck" for his side.


Not a great picture but I felt bad asking the Lowe's lady to take another one.