Project 52 - Week 39

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

*A photograph of my children, once a week in 2015*

This kid's hair grows like a weed - we literally just cut it a few weeks ago.  But I am super envious of his luscious, blonde surfer boy locks.  You will be a heart breaker one day Buddy.  I'm sure of it.

We attempted a trip to the apple orchard during nap time.  Not sure it was the brightest move but you survived and of course had no problem helping yourself to apples along the way.


Bambina #3 - Week 38

Monday, September 28, 2015

 I would be lying if I told you I was hoping that I wouldn't have to write this post and I could update with a beautiful picture of our baby.

Joke's on me folks.

Even a Blood Moon can't make this kid come out sooner than she wants to - she must be pretty cozy all up in there.
I decided now that I'm going to fully enjoy these last two-ish weeks until she comes and stop trying to think that she'll be early because when I do that, of course she will come late.  I have four days left with my sweet class which means only four more days of work for the year.
Life is about to get crazy here soon so I might as well enjoy the semi-peace and quiet, right?

Here are a few updates with our Little Lady:
Due date:  October 12th - I'm officially 38 weeks.  My birthday is Thursday and Cohen's is Monday, so please Bambina, come on any of the other days or else you will have to share your special day with someone.  Just saying...
Gender: Team Pink I have washed her blankets, burpies and clothes but need to get more hangers.  #girlproblems  As for a the name I think we might have a winner!
How do I feel? For the last three weeks I have had this horrible cough.  Like hacking up a lung, I think I'm going to puke and I just peed my pants from coughing so hard kind of cough.  I'm on round two of antibiotics and am almost done with this second round.  So far, the cough is still here and the only thing these meds did this time was kill my stomach.  Brushing my teeth in the morning is absoluetly brutal and I'm pretty sure Kurtis is afraid my water will break at my gagging spells.  However, I'm hoping to kick it here soon so I can feel a bit more normal for labor.  Well, as normal as labor can get.  The contractions are more often and becoming more apparent.  I've also started progressing some so only time will tell now!

Cravings/Aversions? Ever since I started this round of antibiotics, food hasn't been too appealing.  Anything in the salad family is good but the Pumpkin Roll I scored from the apple orchard on Sunday (and may be gone already, oops) is also quite appealing.  Beer, however, still earns my #1 craving slot.

How do my clothes fit?  I'm afraid to wear a skirt or dress in the case my water breaks like it did last time.  Can you see the look of fright of twenty-two seven year olds as water comes gushing down my legs?  Yeah, not it.  My plan is to secretly dress up my yoga pants these last four days.  I'll let you know how that one works.

Sleep:  Coughing fits followed by pure exhaustion have brought back the worst case of the Restless Legs.  I'm dying to sleep on my stomach again, even if I know my boobs will be engorged but oh my sweet stomach sleeping how I have missed you!

Movement: She's head down with her feet in my ribs.  And then I'll feel jabs to the right or left side.  I'm pretty sure there isn't much room in there which is another indication that it is time to come meet us, Little Girl.

My Exercise Routine: Ever since I got sick, I've been a stale cracker in this department.  We will go on walks as a family but life has been sucking it all out of me.  The number on the scale has remained consistent so I'm okay with it.  I am dying to get out for a good run though in these amazing temperatures.

Here is to my last week of work and the big 32nd birthday this week.  I plan on treating myself to a much needed pedicure as well as making sure my husband is well aware that it is indeed my birthday week.   

Let's also cross our fingers Baby Girl wants to come meet us soon too.


Project 52 - Week 38

Thursday, September 24, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

Oh hey, Mister Cheeser.  The things you have been up to lately are something else!  Like the note I got from your teacher last Friday that read:
"Cohen was saying his drink at lunch was beer."
How can I yell at you for that one?

My little brown eyed girl, you sure know what you want and will do anything to get it.  Like the short walk we took together while Dad and Cohen were at football.  You insisted on walking and pushing the car all while running into the grass and over my feet one thousand times exclaiming, "Oops! Sorry Mommy!  I walking!"  Don't worry, I still love you.


Dear Biggest Brother - A Letter to My Coco Bear

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

My Dearest Cohen Lee,

It is hard to believe that five years ago I was awaiting this same impatient journey of motherhood.  Your entrance should have been the first indication of your personality -- rough, tough and full of life...on your own time of course.  While you may be all boy, you have the biggest heart.  You are all snuggles and cuddles and I secretly love when you sneak into our bed at night and fall right back to sleep.  

In a few short weeks you will become a big brother once again!  You have been a great big brother to Lola and I can't wait to see how you will be with Baby Sissy #2.  You definitely understand the importance of your role - kisses, hugs and lots of teasing.  I'm still in denial that next year you'll be in Kindergarten.  But you have no problem reminding me that, "It's okay.  I'll still be your kid."
Thanks, Buddy.

Even though you can run my patience thin, I'm excited to be able to stay home with you this last year before you do start the big K.  While I'm glad you will still be able to learn and play with your friends three times a week at Pre-K, I am also looking forward to the cold days where we stay in our jammies all day and make blanket forts all over the house. 

I cross my fingers, toes and eyes that you handle this transition smoothly, just like you did with Lola.  But don't forget one thing - you were my first baby and I love you to the moon and back!


Trendy and Fashionable Maternity Clothes with Bella Gravida

Monday, September 21, 2015

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I have to be honest, one of the biggest downfalls about being pregnant is trying to maintain my "momjo" and sense of style.  Also finding quality maternity clothes that don't look like I'm wearing a bag in prices that I can afford is really tough.  But recently I heard about Bella Gravida (which means Beautifully Pregnant in Italian), a monthly rental subscription service that will deliver fashionable and trendy maternity and nursing clothing right to my door.  For a flat monthly fee starting at just $39, Bella Gravida style officers provide six different styles of clothing - Classic, Modern Trendy, Romantic, Bohemian, Dramatic, and Southern Chic from thousands of designers, including Kate Middleton's maternity designer!


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Homemade Pudding Cup Playdough

Sunday, September 20, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetSnack #CollectiveBias 

I was looking at my calendar today and realized I only have two weeks left of work until my journey as a stay at home mom begins.  I am well aware that this job will be trying and difficult, but I'm super excited to have this opportunity to stay home with my kiddos!  Kurtis and I recently decided that even though I'm home, Cohen needs to attend school to help prepare him for his upcoming Kindergarten year.  While he already attends a Pre-K class, he will be moved to a transitional room with kids that are older like him but his day will be from 9-2 and just three days a week rather than all day long and five days a week.  So that means I have two days with all three kids at home.  This also means I will be entertaining two kids and an infant in the dead of an Indiana winter.

Oh. Snap.

I've started a list of local story hours and playgroups that are age appropriate for my family.  But in all reality when the temperatures are negative and freezing, there is no way I'm venturing out of my house (or pajamas) with three kids in tote.  I've been brain storming some fun, easy and practical activities that we can do at home together with the things I already have stored away here.  I recently came across my mom's old recipe for homemade play dough and was brought back to the cold days at home, using food coloring to color our own play dough.  With a few basic ingredients, we'd spend hours making shapes and sculptures with this stuff!  And since it was so cheap to make, you don't feel guilty throwing it away when it starts to get hard.  Plus it's play dough - what kid doesn't like to get their hands onto a good ball of play dough?   This was a must-do activity that definitely made my SAHM list.

Now fast forward to this past weekend.  We woke up Saturday to lightning, thunder and torrential rains.  While I appreciate a good, rainy day I don't appreciate the fact that all of our outdoor plans had to be cancelled.  I was even supposed to enjoy my "Mommy Day" at the hair salon only to find out that the wonderful weather caused a power outage at my salon.  It was a bummer for all around to say the least.  After a morning of blocks, painting, cartoons and games, the kids were still bored of course.  Now was the perfect time to bust out the homemade play dough recipe.  But to add to the dreariness of the day, my flour container fell out of the pantry and busted into a million pieces causing my kitchen to look as if it had just snowed and basically ruining my plans for some play dough fun.  The teacher in me got to thinking as I swept up the mess.  There HAD to be another ingredient I could use to make this stuff.  I mean, what would it hurt anyways since we were looking for something to do?  Luckily, I remembered the Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding I had purchased at Walmart the previous week.  These four count cups were the perfect go-to after school snack and the chocolate and s'mores flavors are sure to please every kiddo!  Plus there was a $0.55 off coupon in the September/October issue of ALL YOU magazine making the Hershey Ready to Eat Pudding a super great price!  It was too good not to stock up on for those after school moments.

 After a little trial and error, the recipe ended up turning out pretty good!  Since the pudding was more liquid based than the flour ingredient in my original recipe, I decided to add a little oil and just a dash of water to help make it more of a solid.  Plus the Hershey Ready to Eat Pudding made it smell really good and the cups were perfect little storage containers for our play dough.  I will definitely be using this recipe when the Snowstorm of '16 hits Indiana like it seems to do every year.

Easy Homemade Pudding Cup Play dough with Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding

You'll Need:
--1-2 cups of Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding (our favorite flavor is the S'mores!)
--Vegetable Oil

How to Make It:
1.  Empty your Hershey's Ready to Eat Pudding cup into a bowl.  Be sure to save your cup!

2.  Add the cornstarch.  I started with 1/2 of a cup as I made my batch.  I then saved the other fourth to add to the play dough when it started to get a little sticky as we played with it.

3.  Stir in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into your bowl.  You can also use a dash of water to help mix it all together.

4.  Mix together and use the cups for storage and play dough fun!

I have to be honest, I'm pretty proud of this easy recipe considering I am not that crafty, fancy mom that I wish I was sometimes.  Plus it was super easy and the ingredients are everything that I keep in my pantry and refrigerator on a weekly basis.  But the fact that I can use these Hershey's Ready to Pudding cups not only as a tasty, on-the-go snack but also as part of an easy craft at home for the kids is a win for this mom!

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Project 52 - Week 37

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

Cohen and Lola
This week I captured a game of Monkey-See-Monkey-Do at dinner time.  Lola is obsessed with her brother and will do anything and everything he does.  Cohen often asks, "Why does Lola do everything I do?"  It ends in a sweet conversation explaining how much she loves and looks up to her big brother...even if she scratches the crap out of your face when you piss her off.


Laughing It Up and Staying Confident

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

There is something about a good laugh that does the soul good.  Some of my fondest memories are the hard, belly laughs that I have had with friends over the years.  But I have a secret I need to share with you all...

Sometimes when I laugh, I leak a little bit.
Yes. I may pee my pants some when my friends get me rolling.

And this was happening fifteen years ago.  Like the time my friend Carissa had me going so hard I had to leave musical practice to go home and change...twice.

Now let's throw in three (well, almost three) kids into the mix and can you imagine the extent of the leakage problem now?  Luckily I have found a product that has my back.  
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When Life's Not Fair - My Meaningless Pity Party

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Yesterday I woke up and started the day off with a personal pity party.  Lola was awake half the night coughing which made for horrible sleeping.  Then, at 4:30 a.m. as I was getting her a cup of cold water to help soothe her throat, I fell down the stairs at 35.5 weeks pregnant.  Luckily I escaped with just a bruised arm, but damn it hurt.  I then cried for a half hour because of my throbbing arm and because I was over the day already.  I got into the shower before my alarm went off and went to make coffee only to find we were out of sugar. The tears started flowing again.  Luckily I was so early that I had time to stop at Starbucks only to be given an iced latte instead of my beloved iced Carmel coffee.  The eyes were welling up once again my friends.

But things changed as I got an early notification from a friend on Facebook. 
A friend I worked with at my very first job out of college was given hours to live.

She had been battling Stage 4 breast cancer for over a year.
She was 32 years young.

Immediately my heart hurt.  It hurt for her husband and her two young children.  It hurt for her mom and dad who had to watch their own child in pain.  It hurt because it wasn't fair.

I drove the short way to work in silence and in tears because as a mother of almost three I can't imagine what her family is going through.  My personal pity party dissipated as I realized I should be thankful for the time I had with my children, even if it means waking up at all hours of the night.  Yes, I was exhausted but that means nothing.  I have my health and the ability to get up and help my children whenever they need me.  The realization that I cried because my ego was bruised more than my arm but it was a pain that I could control - not one that was taking over my body made me feel embarrassed because it was miniscule to the pain she was feeling and had been for the past year.  And then I remembered my foolish tears over coffee.  COFFEE. 
The pity party stopped right there.

Sadly my friend lost her battle with this horrible beast yesterday afternoon.

I continue to think about her family, her husband and her two young children.  I pray for strength, peace and healing as they travel this road of grief from now until forever.  I hope that they will come to an understanding as to why something so heartbreaking and horrible would happen to their family. 

 Now I will take this time, this situation, to reflect on how lucky I am to have my health and hug my family even tighter today and everyday.  Life is too short and unfortunately it isn't always fair.  While I haven't talked to my friend in a few years, I am still grieving for her family and will continue to ask how this could happen to someone so young? 

I'm not a super religious person but I do believe that in even dark times like these, there is an answer.  Some kind of light that will eventually show through to make sense of the situation.

Cancer sucks.

RIP Karie.  I'm happy you are no longer in pain and in heaven with your daughter.


Project 52 - Week 36

Thursday, September 10, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

Oh look at those green eyes my handsome!  Cohen's latest obsession is with the Whip and Nae Nae, which is absolutely hysterical.  His personal version of the dance is quite impressive and he will be the first to tell you that you are doing it wrong.

Do you see this stink eye?  I call this "Kait's Hairy Eyeball" and I have to admit that I find it quite comical my child has inherited this behavior.  I was getting this look because I was trying to take her picture during her breakfast Mickey Mouse routine.  Girl don't play.


Life Lately with a Three Day Weekend

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lately things have been busy.  I'm a firm believer that this is God's way of reminding me how crazy our life is about to become in 4.5 short weeks.  I also have this haunting feeling that it is a subtle reminder to get my ass in gear and finish up with the pre-baby preparations.  This past weekend was a fabulous three day weekend spent without any plans and a husband that didn't have to work.  The weather was hot and humid, which made it perfect to spend the afternoons at the pool and the extra day was just what I needed to clean about 75% of my house.  Plus indoor dinner picnics with our favorite Disney movies is always what the doctor orders!

*Can we just make a side note that every weekend should be a three day weekend?  I guarantee the world would be a happier place with less people burnt out in their careers.  Just saying...*

Since Kurtis procrastinated the painting of the nursery for the thirty-fifth weekend in a row, I made him climb into the attic and get out the tubs of baby clothes.  Baby Girl now has clothes but still needs a bed, room, bottles, pacifiers and probably some diapers.  Okay, now I totally believe there is a truth to this third baby syndrome.  But luckily love prevails and even if she is swaddled in Cohen's old shirts, she will be loved.  And that's all that matters.

Did I mention that Cohen got into a bar fight this weekend?
Okay, just kidding.  But he basically was tackled by the neighbor girl in a game of Hide and Seek.  He has quite the shiner now and the whole reason he was crying was because he wanted to go back outside and play.  Boy problems fo shiz.

Tomorrow is Thursday.
I also have another morning of professional development tomorrow which is nice because I can actually sit for more than five minutes, but also stressful because there are parent calls to be made and plans for the upcoming week that need to be planned.  And I need to start preparing for my maternity leave sub.  This is when a beer would come in handy.  Which just reminded me that I need to go scoop up a case of Summer Shandy before it turns into Pumpkin Shandy. 
Kroger, don't be doing away with my Summer Shandy until I get just one case to devour the first week post-birth.

Happy Hump Day my friends!


Project 52 - Week 35

Friday, September 4, 2015

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2015*

This is a clear picture of this kid's personality.  All day, everyday.  He was making sure to show me how football guys look when they are getting the "bad guys."  I've had several conversations about this reminding him they are the other team, not the bad guys.  But still, we can't get over calling them the "bad guys."  I then told him this was only appropriate if we were playing Purdue.

This is a classic Serious Sally right here.  It was all fun and games until Dad had to go back to coaching after halftime.  Thankfully I had Frozen fruit snacks and music to keep her busy for the remainder of the second half.  That is until I get a notice that I've gone over my data for the month.  I'll blame this cute face for that one.


Saturday Morning Lights - A Weekly Recap

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I'm starting to really enjoy my role as "Football Mom" this year.  While Kurtis has decided that next year he will enjoy his position encouraging from the sidelines rather than coaching, I think it was a great experience for the two of them.  Saturday our team drew the short straw and got to be first for team 7:45 a.m.  Luckily the opposing team was also early so the kids got an earlier start on the game which helped lessen the wait time.  Last week's game was an interesting one.  I told another dad from my team that I'm pretty sure I felt like we were going through the movie "The Waterboy" and unfortunately we were those underdogs.  It was one of those times I wanted to remind the parents that it's just flag football so let them have fun.  It was also one of those moments in which I wanted to march my teacher voice out there and remind the other team sternly that there is NO TACKLING IN FLAG FOOTBALL.  I'm sure my mean face would come with that one too.  Our team felt the pressure and quickly crumbled.  Cohen wasn't feeling it this week and one minute he was into it and playing, and the next he was trying to do back flips in the middle of the field.  I could tell Kurtis was getting a little frustrated but I quickly reminded him that they are just 4, 5 and 6 - even if everyone else didn't see that.  He has said from the beginning that everyone on his team will play and his goal is to get the kids to love the game first before they need to get all serious about it.  I'd say that's quite a great philosophy.  I'm also not just saying this but our kid is good.  Give him the ball and he'll score.  Once again he scored two touchdowns and even shouted a "Boom baby!" after his first one.  (Don't worry, Dad quickly squashed that one.)  Despite his lack of focus, it is quite apparent that he is more an offensive player rather than defensive, which is totally fine because he's a petite one to begin with anyways.

I really love these Saturday mornings.  I think Lola is too.  For now at least.