I have a full-blown cold and feel like total crap. I must have gone through at least 75 tissues (and sneezed well over 100 times – seriously – usually I do 4 or 5 sneezes at a time) today. (I so need to get my hands on one of those contraptions in the pic!) My nose is sore and red. My throat hurts. I took a short nap today, but I’m still tired. Ava has a cold too (she got it first), but thankfully seems to be on the mend. Jody is out playing D&D with his friends tonight (don’t get me started), but myRead More →

We were all sitting in the livingroom, watching a documentary about giraffes on PBS the other night. Ava was enjoying it, especially when they showed baby giraffes. It got to a part where they were filming a female giraffe giving birth to a baby at a zoo in Colorado Springs. I didn’t think anything of Ava watching it since she and I have watched videos of human babies being born in the past and they didn’t phase her in the least. In fact, she usually wants to see more. I just wanted to be sure she understood what was happening and told her, “the mommyRead More →

Today was the last day of a HUGE “Just Between Friends” consignment sale at the fairgrounds and neary everything was selling for 50% off. Ava and I spent two hours there (whew!) and I came away with an enormous bag of clothes. For baby boy (who definitely racked up the most loot), I got: 15 (cuu-uuute!) outfits and/or sleepers/sleep sacks ranging in size from 0/3 to 9 months – Carter’s, Osh Kosh, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, etc. 6 pair of socks For Ava, I got: 2 winter sleepers – Carter’s and Baby Gap 1 sweater – The Children’s Place 1 pair of jeans UnfortunatelyRead More →

Can you top my exciting Friday night? Jody, Ava and I went to Kmart so Jody and I could buy ourselves some new underwear! You know it’s time to splurge and get yourself some new skivvies when you start to wear holes (gah!) in the old ones. I’ve always been pretty practical when it comes to undies (i.e. I can’t justify spending beaucoup bucks on Victoria’s Secret panties) and cotton bikinis have suited me just fine in the past (heck, I can even wear them under my belly while pregnant), so I picked up a multi-pack of Fruit of the Loom colored bikinis. Woohoo. JodyRead More →

Ava, my sister Carrie, and I took a short drive (about 6 miles from our house) to a local farm for “farmfest” this morning. We saw chickens, llamas, pigs, cows, horses, ponies, rabbits, goats and sheep and had the opportunity to feed and pet several of them. It was a lot of fun. Ava enjoyed swinging on a tire swing and a horse swing made from a tire, as well as climbing on hay bales, playing in a huge sandbox, riding a tricycle and more. I had no idea this farm existed so I’m glad that someone let me know about it (via a parentingRead More →

Since I have a maternity photoshoot for an acquaintance scheduled for this weekend, I thought I better take out my trusted camera and get some good practicing in yesterday while Ava napped. Seeing how I have a baby belly myself and a desire to document my pregnancy as well, I figured I’d try my hand at some self-portraits. Eeep! It was a lot harder than I thought. First of all, it’s NOT easy to get the focus right when you are using a timer and have nobody to stand in for you. Secondly, it’s a lot of work going back and forth from the cameraRead More →