Thursday, December 18, 2014

15 Weeks Pregnant

I'm Pregnant & Baby#2 is a Girl!!
Size of Baby Hartkop: The Pregnancy Apps that I am using all say she is the size of an avocado or a large naval orange. Sheesh, I feel like I am showing a bit sooner than last time! 

Maternity Clothes: This week I went ahead and checked in at our local Target to see what they had. Most of my clothes still fit since I typically wear leggings and tunics but I needed a few things to help get me through the winter. I bought the black dress from my photo and a couple long sleeve shirts. Here is a similar dress online. 

Best Moment This Week: I had my quick 15 week pregnancy checkup this week so I was able to listen to her heartbeat! I remember with Henry I cried and laughed like crazy when I heard his heartbeat for the first time. It is almost magical to listen to their little hearts beat. There is a little human growing inside me! Wow!

Miss Anything: Wine in the evenings with Michael. We like to unwind with a glass of red wine after Henry falls asleep. I miss being able to enjoy that with him. I have a Cranberry/Apple Cider drink that I love in the mean time.

Cravings: Well... it is difficult to tell the cravings from the typical holiday cravings but I think this time around I am definitely gravitating towards more berries and sweets than the salty/tangy I wanted with Henry. I want peanut butter thai food, blackberry pie, peanut butter cookies... strawberries in my cereal...yum!

Movement: I swear I can feel her squirm around at night when I am falling asleep... not positive though. I can't wait until Michael can feel her move around! He always refers to us as "the girls" now. "How are the girls doing?" "Hello girls" It is so cute. :)

Queasy or Sick: During the first trimester I pretty much felt consistently disgusting and tired. I am now officially feeling much better now. I can stay up past 8pm and I can actually push myself to do some active things like run again! Woohoo!

Looking Forward To: Christmas! I have been going wild with my Christmas crafts this year. I currently have fabric all over my dinner table as I work on our stockings a little bit at a time after Henry goes to sleep.

By the way! We found out the gender of our baby via a blood test that picks up the fetal blood cells! It tests the risk level for Down Syndrome, baby girl is low risk (I wasn't concerned either way. I didn't do the invasive test with Henry because I didn't care either way). I guess it predicts the gender with a 98% accuracy rate.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Xmas Tree Peek-A-Boo

The Christmas tree is up and decorated! Typically I go for the elegance of white lights but this year we went with colored lights!! Henry loves them. Every morning when he sees them he excitedly says "ohHhh." We kept most of the ornaments above his little arm's reach but left a few plastic ones that he loves to play with. One of his favorites is an ornament with Santa and Rudolph landing on an outhouse instead of the Schmidt house. It is complete with a button that makes a flushing sound (pretty hightech for an outhouse!). 
Behind the tree is a little stool that I made back in high school woodshop class. Henry gets a kick out of sitting back there and playing peek-a-boo with us. He giggles like crazy! 
Don't mind the branch that is missing lights in the photo below...I ran out of strands at the very end of hanging lights. :) It will be completed in time for Christmas.
Growing up one of my favorite memories is of going to a tree farm in northern Oregon with my family to pick out our Christmas tree. We would use my dad's height as the measuring tool to make sure it would fit properly in our living room. When you have over 100 trees to choose from it is easy to get over zealous with the height of the tree. I imagin a Christmas Vacation style mistake when going it blind. My family would always pick a noble fir due to the sturdy branches and the great branch spacing. 
Here in Southern Colorado if you want a fresh tree you need to go over an hour away and hunt for a tree to cut down. Which could be fun, but we haven't opted for that experience yet. Instead Mike and I went to a guy who sells trees in our K-Mart parking lot. He has White Pine trees from Rye, just south of that. All the firs are trucked in from Oregon so they have a head start on dying! White Pine is the way to go!! I love our tree this year!

Here is a couple other photos I wanted to share with you. We took Henry down to our cafe for a bit on Sunday. After a moment of being shy and unsure, soon he was running around like he owned the place! He greeted the guests as they came in, threw his bottle around, and ran back and forth. Haha! 

Henry is teething again. His upper fangs are slowly working their way out. Yesterday he woke up from his nap feeling rather upset about the discomfort. The best way to conquer the waking up tantrum is to snuggle on his parents bed with mommy. I of course love any chance to snuggle with my little boy. He is growing so fast and I know one day all too soon he will not want to snuggle with his mommy. 

Tomorrow is my 15 week appointment! And this week will be my first official pregancy post... I promise! :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Merry & Bright

Our house is starting to receive dashes of Christmas spirit this week! Yesterday I had a random day off because Henry's day care was closed. I used this time to bake peanut butter cookies & some gingersnaps! I also made this sparkly "Merry & Bright" banner for the house. Our dining room table is full of Christmas crafts just waiting to be completed. I have a stocking holder-sign that is halfway done, a "Joy" sign for the front porch started, some puff paints that will become window decals, an "H" that will be added to our wreath this year, and I have more projects brewing in my mind! 
Since Henry is part of our family I am super excited to start amping up our decorations! I have a secret! I haven't officially announced it online yet but I can't hold it in! Mike and I are expecting baby #2 to arrive around June 8, 2014!!! We even know the gender, but I will wait to post that. I am going to do an official post with my growing belly and all. For now I will continue to be addicted to Christmas crafts and will be glowing as I bake and bake and bake some more! Shhh, don't tell. ;)
(Our close friends and family all know we are expecting already so it isn't really a secret, I just haven't figured out how I want to announce it!) YAAAY!

Here is a photo of the cookies I made yesterday. The photo's color came out a bit yellow but let me tell you they taste delicious!!! I can't wait to munch on a few when I get home! The Brown Butter Gingersnap Recipe can be found here and the Peanut Butter Cookies can be found here. I have been Pinning various cookie recipes like crazy lately. When I bake something I am going back in and editing the comment about them so that I remember next time. I am on the hunt for the perfect recipe for each of my favorite cookies. The only way to find them is to keep baking! Good thing I have the pregnancy excuse for some weight gain... haha. 

I baked this stunning Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. The candied cranberries certify this pie a class "Martha Stewart" pie. I used Sallys Baking Addiction's recipe for this pie. That Sally has some amazing baking ideas! I also baked a Pecan Pie but I wasn't as impressed with that recipe. I will be trying another one for Christmas! But this Pumpkin Pie was phenomenal! My sister in-law is gluten free and isn't a big dessert person, so I just saved a jar of the candied cranberries for her to snack on while the rest of us indulged in pie. :) Mmmmm!

May your Christmas decorating be joyful! I will leave you with a photo of Henry eating his Cutie Mandarin like an apple. He such a funny little dude! After this photo was taken he went on a Cutie strike. He refused to eat his favorite fruit for a week! Haha.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Working Mommy

I am a working mama. Every weekday morning Henry and I rush to get ready for the day before rushing out the door to drive over to his home daycare provider's place. Henry has been going to daycare since he was about 2.5 months old so generally he knows the deal. However after spending those 2 lovely weeks in Australia attached to my hip Henry has had a harder time. 

Most mornings dropping him off is a breeze. I put him down and he hurries over to a toy car and starts having fun. Or he crawls into another room without even saying good bye! but mornings like this one are pretty tough... Henry cries for me to not leave! Grabs my legs, melts to the floor, tears and more tears. I give him a kiss and say good bye real quick. He gives me the sad puppy eyes as he watches me slip out the door. I know that once I am gone he soon forgets and moves onto having fun but boy does it do a number on my heartstrings! 

Henry's current daycare provider is wonderful. She sends me photos every so often to show me that Henry is having fun. I'm glad to see him playing and doing well. Part of me does feel a bit sad that I'm not the one watching him have fun. That I am not the one who is taking him to the park. I would be lying to say that I didn't feel those pangs of sadness. Right now it is necessary for us both to work and I like working, having something for me to do every day. Being surrounded by adults, being out of the house. It will be good for Henry too once he is ready to go to preschool he will already know that I drop him off and I will come back to pick him up. He is able to socialize all day with other kids that are older and younger than him! 

What is the point of this post? I guess I am just thinking thought the decision. It isn't an easy one. I love Henry and I miss him while I am at work. This is the life we have chosen and Henry is doing good with his little friends. 

Henry may not be walking on his own quite yet but he will cruise around with a stroller all day! At home he just pushes a laundry basket. Haha.

Even Charlie Brown loves eating chocolate covered graham crackers!!!

All of the photos in this post are courtesy of Henry's daycare provider. :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Crunching Leaves

I love this time of year. The leaves have changed color and are falling off the trees. Music like Nora Jones, Diana Krall, and Melody Gardot are playing on my record player. The temperature is starting to drop (This week we may get snow! There is already snow up north! Yay!) This is the time of year when we can start to get cozy. I've been craving hot cocoa and chai tea like crazy! My favorite sugar cookies are chilling in the refrigerator ready to be rolled and cut into fun shapes for the holidays (or probably extremely pre-holidays would be more exact)! I can't wait!

Henry was very intrigued by Michael's leaf blowing abilities. He thinks everything his daddy does is pretty awesome, but watching his powers to blow the leaves around making them flutter into the air and back down was probably his favorite. It was all quite magical in his little eyes. We just stood at the back door and watched the leaves blow around. Once a huge pile was formed, Henry joined his dad for some leaf crunching fun! Henry thought it was pretty cool.
After their fun little break, they were back to work! Michael finished piling the leaves and Henry took to climbing up and down the steps.

Henry loves going up and down and up and down and up and down these steps...over and over! Which is great but also freaks me out. The steps are basically just concrete slabs with obviously no buffer to prevent a fall if he gets over zealous with his climbing and crawling. We have to stay right in line with his movements, which of course becomes like a game for Henry.

Last week Henry was out in front of the house with Michael when he took a little tumble off the bottom step! His head had a pretty good goose egg and his poor little nose had a scab! It just took a little apple juice water to help him get past the incident before he was ready to go again. Of course he is totally fine now, his nose is even completely healed. 

Oh the things a mommy of a little boy have to endure! :) (not that little girls aren't just as adventurous!) 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

This year Halloween was kept simple. An easy Charlie Brown costume, some Hocus Pocus, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin seeds!

Henry loved daddy's pumpkin! 

Bye, Bye Binkie

Henry has recently decided that binkies are totally passe. At night, instead of the pacifier being the desired item to calm his cries, now he gets more frustrated that we would think he could possibly want or need such a contemptible thing in his mouth! This unexpected revolution eases my worries about how to ween him from the pacifier! Now instead of fighting him on it, the pacifiers can go off into the sunset never to be seen again! 

I wish I could say that we did something to influence his dislike for the binkie but this is 100% his decision. My theory on why he has decided to discard them has to do with his teething. Henry has all of his teeth except for the 4 canine, and the last 4 molars. Instead of biting a pacifier he bites his finger until it is red (not great)

At night the only thing that soothes him is a bottle...which we need to start weening him from needing. He shouldn't be having bottles during the night! But, if that helps him fall back to sleep (and allows us to fall back to sleep) we do it. We have started to let him cry a bit to see if he falls back to sleep which he does sometimes, but a couple times a night he still needs that soothing milk to help relax him. Who knows maybe this bad habit will knock itself out similar to the pacifier...time will tell!

Happy Halloween!