Tuesday, May 29, 2012

random tuesday thoughts.

-- cash has discovered how to make fart sounds and think it's the funniest thing in the world. good thing we think farts are funny in this house.
-- i pulled a muscle in my stomach napping the other day (yes, NAPPING. freaking ridiculous.) and it hurts like a motherf*er. every time everett stretches he pushes on the sore muscle and a part of me wants to die. i did realize that since i pulled the muscle, my hip hasn't been hurting. figures. frankly, i'd take the hip pain over this any day. surprisingly enough.
-- cash is obsessed with a cover of the song roxanne and must listen to it a dozen times a day. i hope he has an understanding teacher when it comes time for him to choose a song for a talent show. something tells me he's going to pick something not terribly school appropriate.
-- i've been working my little tail off (with the help of the bestie julie) to get stuff done in time for everett's arrival. sheets have been dyed, mobile has been found/cleaned/put up, clothes have been washed/put away,  last minute things have been ordered. it's been crazy. not to mention that our baby shower bbq is coming up in a little over 2 weeks and we've been busy making decorations and plans for that too. busy, busy month.
-- our c-section has been scheduled, so unless this boy decides to come early (which i'm beginning to think he just might - fingers crossed that he does!) his birthday will be july 9th. picking your child's birthday is so weird.
-- cash was asked the other day who was in my belly. he responded with, "food." so apparently he thinks i'm just getting fat. wonderful.
-- we recently got rid of our laptop and started using the ol' desktop again (and when i say old, i mean OLD.) nate and i were just talking about how nice it is to not have the temptation to be on the computer all the time while we're watching tv or...whatever. but since our computer is slow as dirt, i hardly ever make the time to get on. which means that i have a million pictures on my camera to upload and stories to blog. ah well, can't win them all.
-- i'm eagerly counting down the days until berry season starts. we just bought a deep freezer and i'm anxious to get that bad boy stuffed full of frozen fruit for the winter!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

the little helper.

cash has watched us mow the lawn countless, countless times.
he's never paid it any attention other than to run away terrified by the sound when it first starts up.
but a couple weeks ago, he suddenly wanted to help.
let me tell you, when i looked up from weed whacking (side note: worst chore ever.) to see cash and nate mowing together i about died from the cuteness.
and i now catch him trying to drag the lawn mower out of the garage himself.
something to remember when i'm forcing him to help in a few years.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

the early summer.

we've had some of the most bizarre weather this spring but i'd be lying if i said i didn't enjoy the week of crazy warm weather we had.
and not just because it meant that cash would play happily in his little pool for hours.
but that certainly didn't hurt.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


-- so here we are, coming up on 32 weeks. i'm kind of done. some days i still feel pretty great and have no complaints. other days...not so much. my biggest complaint is still my hips, with killer heartburn coming up a close second.

-- nate and i were lying in bed the other nate when he said, 'i don't think i can do this to you again.' i said, 'what?' and he said, 'pregnancy. having another baby. you're so miserable sometimes, i don't think i could handle it again.' i think he's kind of right. i'm betting on everett being the final addition to our family. which makes me a little sad and a little excited at never having to do this again.

-- sleeping is quickly becoming a thing of the past. its hard to get comfortable and STAY comfortable. but it's high time i get used to that anyhow.

-- we've had some unseasonably warm weather around here lately (like, in the freaking 80s) and i've gotta say...i'm really crossing my fingers that june stays a little mild. hot and pregnant is not a good combination for anyone.

-- i've been craving berries (any kind, but mostly blackberries.) every week i spend a ridiculous amount of money on berries since my freezer supply has long since been depleted. i can't wait for berry season on the farm - this lady is stocking UP. i've also had bizarre cravings for cool ranch doritos and circus animal cookies. 2 things i rarely, RARELY buy but now must be in the house at all times.

-- this boy is hanging out diagonally most of the time, with his feet on left side well below my ribs and his head in my left hip. when he stretches it feels like he's going to burst out alien-style.

-- i've been having braxton-hicks contractions virtually every day - some of them strong enough to actually really hurt. it wasn't like this the last time; i don't recall having any until the very, VERY end so this is a bit weird to me.

-- this whole time i've had my mind set on doing a vbac for the delivery (ie, vaginal birth after c-section) and nate's been pretty quiet but supportive about it. then the other day, completely out of the blue, he said, 'would you stop being so damn emotional about this and just schedule the damn c-section!?' i was having a rather hormonal day so i, of course, burst right into tears and was mad at him for the rest of the day. but after talking to him about it more, it boiled down to this: the idea of a vbac stresses him out. he's terrified that something will go wrong, i'll end up needing an emergency c-section anyway, etc etc. and it has been wearing on him for awhile, apparently, he just didn't say anything. poor dude. so after thinking about it some more...i think we're just going to schedule the c-section and call it good. i'm still worried about recovery (which is really the only thing driving me wanting the vbac in the first place) but nate has promised to take almost 2 weeks off work and my bestie julie has said she'll come over to help every day if i want her to (she's kind of amazing.) on the plus side, i'm going to look AMAZING in all of our birth photos because i'm totally doing my hair and make-up before we go. so there's that.

-- we bought the last of the major things we needed for everett's arrival (his carseat and bouncer, which is so freaking cute i can't even stand it.) and i've been dyeing up a storm with all of his crib sheets and changing pad covers. so really baby - a couple more weeks and you can just go ahead and come on out. seriously.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

the boy's room.

it's finally (mostly) complete. art is hung, furniture is in its final resting place, toys are organized (ha! ya right.) the curtains are going to be changed this winter for some thicker material - of course, their room is the only room that is missing a storm window so it gets freaking cold in there. great for summer - winter, not so much. and i still need to locate the mobile for the crib and finish everett's sheets but otherwise, we're there.
and no, i didn't clean up or make cash's bed before these pictures...good thing you can't see under his bed because it makes me cringe. that boy is messy.
the prints are eric carle - i found a book on amazon of a dozen prints from his various books and HAD to have it. (thanks mom!) cash chose the penguin print, nate chose the tree/sloth one. they're hanging from some old skirt hangers i found in my closet. the original plan was to frame them but after finding some frames at goodwill and spray painting them, i realized they were too small. curses! i actually like this method better anyway - easier to switch the prints out if i want to.
we have serious book overload, which i love. may have to invest in another bookcase soon for the hallway.
that dresser was my dads. and the painted canvas were done by cash last year.
can you tell the boy likes to paint? it does make the closet nice and cheery. and you can't see it, but there's a toy bin (shelf? structure? whatever.) on the other side of the closet. the closet is HUGE so i don't really hang many clothes in it - it's really just an extension of their room.
the wall for cash's pre-school projects. he and i are both kind of burned out - i'm looking forward to the summer to re-charge. i also plan on hanging another eric carle print on the door, i just need to get some more skirt hangers. their hamper lives behind the door. it's dumb, but it's one of my favorite things in their room because it's bright orange. i love me some bright colors (in case you couldn't tell.)
and that's that. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

cash in may.

 -- he would totally live at the park if he could. he generally just ignores other kids and does his own thing, which makes it all the more hilarious when some sweet kid tries to befriend him. and cash just looks at them like, why are you talking to me? i'm trying to SLIDE here. he also likes to point out every picture i have of him on a slide and say, "slide - weeeeee!"

-- basically the only epic tantrums he's had in the last month or so have occurred when trying to leave the park. it's really not awesome trying to load a screaming banshee of a 3 year old into your car with everyone staring at you, thinking you're beating the hell out of him (which, to be fair, i kind of want to do sometimes.) because apparently their children have never had such a meltdown - fucking a-holes. no, i'm not bitter at all.
 -- he's actually starting to take notice of my belly. probably because it's gotten big enough that it's kind of hard to ignore. his favorite thing to do is blow raspberries on it because, let's face it - fart noises are ALWAYS funny. at least to us. i also catch him absentmindedly patting it (like one would pat a dog) and it's pretty dang sweet. he's felt him kick but hasn't had any reaction to it whatsoever. one time he was resting his head against me and everett kicked him HARD in the head - didn't faze him one bit. nate says he probably thinks i just have some really bad gas. thanks honey.

--  after months of fighting him on the damn potty training, he's really starting to get it. poop has still only happened a handful of times (too much information?) but he's got the pee thing down. as long as we're at home. baby steps.

-- we've also spent many months fighting with him about coming to the dinner table. i finally got tired of it and gave up. the very next day, he sat down at the table while i was dishing out our food, patiently waiting for his plate (never mind the fact that he still won't eat half of what i put in front of him - that's a separate issue.) and ever since, as soon as i start setting the table, he comes in on his own, sits through the whole meal and generally puts in a moderate effort to eat. all because i quit nagging him. this kid sometimes - he baffles me.
-- all he wants to do is be read to nowadays. being a voracious reader myself, i'm rejoicing thinking, "it's about damn time!" of course, he frequently asks for the same exact book over and over (and over) again. i'll just consider it a blessing that i'm beginning to have parts of his library completely memorized (big hungry bear and the boss baby - i'm looking at you.) and i love seeing what book he chooses to read before bed; this week's line-up has included there's a wocket in my pocket, a book about dogs, the elves and the shoemaker and the gas we pass. love it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


we're starting to reach a sweet spot with this boy - his language skills have come far enough that he can tell us what he wants or if something is wrong and is beginning to understand reason, cause and consequence and all sorts of fun things.which has meant a real dip in the amount of tantrums and time-outs that he subjects himself too.
and just when i say, WOW - he hasn't done anything excessively naughty in days!
he goes and does something like this:
somehow my suggestions of, markers are only for PAPER cash, don't seem to be taking hold.
this is also why no pen enters this house that isn't washable.
even still - that sweet little face is hard to get mad at.
hard. but not impossible.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

[alphabet] obsession.

cash is obsessed with the alphabet.
all day long he points out letters on his blocks, in his books, asks for help writing his letters...it's exhausting, but in a good way.
he's gotten pretty bored with most of his pre-school stuff - once we are finished with whatever letter we're working on that week, he's sort of done.
with just a couple of weeks left, i'm ok with it.
if he wants it to be all alphabet, all the time then so be it!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

this boy.

he has started taking naps every now and again.
let me tell you, those 2 hours in the afternoon to myself are HEAVEN.
and the sweet, snuggly boy that emerges from his room at 3 pm is just about my favorite person around.

[[nate recently lamented that cash wasn't snuggling with him anymore. it prompted a temporary lapse in sanity that had him thinking he wanted to have a little girl. a little girl that would likely snuggle with him for a lot longer than his little boy will. so these moments are priceless.]]