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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Baby Shower for 2

Today I hosted a baby shower for two of my girlfriends from church.  Amy is due February 16th and April is due March 15th.  They are both having little girls, so we decided to do a joint shower.  It was a blast! 

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Jamie and Katie with little Maclain

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Lauren, Jessica, and Abbie

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Jessica and Maclain

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me and my sweet friend Katie – miss you!!

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we had a packed house!  And this isn’t even everyone!

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Amy’s on the left in brown and April is on the right in white

These girls racked up!

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All the preggo ladies who were there!

From left to right:

Becca due in March, Amy due in February, April due in March, Jamie due in March, and me due in June

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Sweet boy

Here are just a couple of pictures of my sweet boy over the past couple of days.

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This boy loves to read!  I stepped out of the room for a couple of minutes and came in to find him like this.  :)

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above:  I was getting the groceries out of the car and this little guy climbed into the front seat.  Thankfully the real driving is far away!

below:  My mom always let us lick the beaters when she was done with them.  This was Cooper’s first time to try.  I had just made mashed potatoes.  Yum!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weeks 20 and 21

 

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20 weeks – notice the little hand grabbing my shirt.  We couldn’t get him to get out of the picture.  :)

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21 weeks – taken today before church.  Ignore the wet hair!

So far I have been feeling ok.  The main problems I have been having is pelvic, hip, back, and leg pain.  I know that sounds like alot, but usually it’s not all at the same time!  It gets really bad when I go grocery shopping with Cooper.  I guess because I have to lug him and the groceries?  And then push the cart and all the walking?  Not really sure, but it does seem to flare up after a trip to Walmart.  I was almost in tears the other day when I got home, and then I still had to make Coop lunch and get him to bed before I could sit down.  Needless to say I didn’t do much the rest of the day.  It also flares up if I do any heavy cleaning.  Any type of vacuuming makes it hurt.  My sweet husband vacuumed for me the other night!  Thanks Matt!  The bad part is that once the pain flares up, it is really hard to get it to go away.  I’ve tried really hard not to take medicine this pregnancy, and let’s be honest, tylenol is pretty much the only thing I can take and it doesn’t do jack squat.  So I try to take it easy most of the time.  I try to limit picking up Cooper and heavy objects.  This seems to be helping.

My doctor’s appointments are going well.  Levi’s heart rate has been around 150.  I got measured for the first time at my last appointment.  They didn’t tell me the measurement, but the nurse did mention that all of my baby was below my belly button.  She said I looked like I have a basketball under my shirt.  :)

Anyways, that’s about it for now!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Can we rent Daily?

Thursday my sister came and brought her middle girl Daily.  I was really excited because I knew that Cooper and Daily would have a blast.  Any time they are together, they love on each other.  Brandy was here for less than 24 hours, but we are already missing them!  Cooper keeps asking for “Day”.  She is such a good babysitter.  They just played and played together, and we didn’t have to worry about them.  At one point, Matt turned to Brandy and said “Can we rent Daily?”.   Hopefully maybe one day it will be like that with Cooper and Levi.  One can only hope! 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Lots of fun playing inside

When the cold weather hits, I never really noticed how much time I spend inside… until I had a toddler.  Cooper LOVES being outside.  This past summer, I would leave our back door open and just let him play in the backyard by himself since it is fenced off.  Well we can’t really do that during the winter.  So I’ve tried to be creative with how we spend our time inside.  I know he gets bored, because I do.  I’m trying to think like an Early Childhood teacher who is stuck inside her classroom during Hurricane season with no recess in the near future.  Ok, maybe it’s not that bad.  But still, we need some fun things to do. 

 

Lots and lots of reading.  Not that this is new, but as you can see, we have brought “friends” in to the mix.  He has recently been wanting to read with or to his friends.  I’m hoping when Levi comes, Cooper will doing a lot of reading to his brother.

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Nana and Poppa Tom got Coop a tent and tunnel for Christmas.  I brought them out the other day, and seriously he played non-stop in it for an hour.  TOTALLY WORTH IT!  I even brought out one of my tunnels from teaching and attached it to the opening of the tent.  So he had two tunnels to play in.  When he started calming down, I put his cup and snack in the tent and let him have a picnic.  He sat in his tent till he ate his whole snack and drank his juice.  I love the picture to the right.  I’m thinking I’m going to be getting a lot more of those looks in the coming years.  :)

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Cooper has never been a fan of sleeping with anything in his crib.  Ever since he was 6 months old, we have tried a variety of items to help him like to be in his crib.  Just recently he has started asking for toys to join him.  He usually throws them out the second he gets in his crib, but this particular night, he was so exhausted that when Matt laid him down, the toys stayed right there.  At one point, Matt when in to check on him and saw all the toys on his face.  Well he freaked out because Cooper never does this.  So Matt moved the toys off his face and Cooper started laughing.  :)  Matt quickly replaced the toys, and Cooper fell right to sleep.  Before Matt went to bed, he removed the toys from Cooper’s face.  Crazy kid!

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We bought him an easel for Christmas, and to be honest, I was very nervous to use it.  But so far, he has done excellent.  I stay by his side the whole time he uses it, but he hasn’t tried to write on anything even then.  He does get distracted and want to walk off with a marker, and I have to remind him to go put it back on the tray, but other than that, he really enjoys it.  Usually coloring will last about 30 minutes.  These pictures are from today when he is trying his hand at markers.  My sister gave me some great advice – I was going to get dry erase markers for the white board, but she told me that those don’t come out of clothes.  She said that she uses washable Crayola markers on the white board and then wash it off.  Great advice!  Now I don’t have to worry about him going back and forth from the paper to the white board.  It’s all the same marker!  And I just wiped it off with a baby wipe.  And by the way – don’t you love his apron.  I had forgotten he had gotten this at VBS one year.  What a perfect art apron!

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Another fun activity we discovered this afternoon was Play-Doh.  He really did not understand at first.  But he quickly got the hang off it.  I did have to stay right there beside him, because he kept wanting to put it in his mouth.  He knew it wasn’t food, but he puts everything in his mouth, so I just had to keep reminding him not to do it. 

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I’m sure I will be using these ideas and many more in the coming months!  If you have any other ideas, please share!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

19 weeks

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On the left I am 19 weeks with Levi, on the right 19 weeks with Cooper.  Definitely bigger with Levi!  Hopefully I won’t have to push out a bigger baby this time, because I don’t know if I can handle that!!!  :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Levi Matthew

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Here is a pretty good picture of our little Levi!  He looks like he has Cooper and Matt’s nose!  Hopefully he will look at least a little like me.  :)

The ultrasound tec said that everything looked good.  She measured all the bones and looked at the organs and everything looked wonderful!  We got a good shot of Levi’s male parts, so we are 99.9% sure that we are getting another little boy.  :)  Can’t wait to see his cute face!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas with the Carpenters

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