December 29, 2008

Tonight Tonight....Tomorrow

We are heading to the hospital in the next few hours - waiting on a call from the hospital for a room to open up. I will be induced in the morning and hopefully baby girl will be here by tomorrow afternoon or so. We will keep you all posted.

Love to you all,

December 27, 2008

James' "First" Haircut

So James has been to "Meredith's Clip and Dip," but today he went to Pigtails & Crewcuts at Mall of Georgia for his first official haircut. It did not go so well, as you can see. He, does however, look quite handsome now.

He sat in a firetruck, but once the cape went on... freak-out central. He brought down the house. He looked at us, helplessly, like "Please! Please! Mom and Dad - how can you do this to me?"

December 25, 2008

Baby's Second Christmas

Day at the park last Sunday... it was coooooold.

We are sitting on a nest egg, waiting for Stella's arrival, so we had a very quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Yesterday, we decided to try and brave the crowds at the mall...however, the crowds were not that bad. We took James to Bass Pro Shop, where Santa was waiting... James walked right up to Santa, but once placed in Santa's lap, he would have none of it. James liked looking at the fish in the aquarium there, and riding the carosel. We ate at Johnny Rockets (ick), where I had to request a table after they sat us at a booth (because I didn't even come close to fitting my belly in the booth!).

Today, James enjoyed opening up some presents, although he is much more impressed with eating wrapping paper than anything else. He topped off the morning by falling on the kitchen floor and donning a huge "goose-egg" on his forehead, coupled with lots of grumping around after that. Poor little monkey.

We definitely miss our family today --- I think it's the first time in 29 years that I have been without mine, and 32 for Jason. Strange.

I also believe that James can sense the changes that are coming with Stella's impending arrival, and that's also making for a very weird day. We are going to pack up and take James to the park later today - at least Daddy is - I am hoping for a big pregnant nap!

December 18, 2008

"Had a Bad Day Again"

One of those days.

Jason and I totally forgot that our nanny had her son's Christmas play to attend today... we had given her the afternoon off. Jason and I both scheduled lunches, forgot about it, and did not get her messages in time to commute home... I scurried home, but she still missed it, and we are total jerks. I feel like a total, absolute schmuck.

About fifteen other issues popped up today, and my pregnant head is spinning, my big ole belly aching. Poor Stella. The amount of stress - she can probably taste it in my amniotic fluid. And this is the place I am supposed to protect her. Total schmuck.

In the grand scheme of things, absolutely nothing tragic has happened, but the culmination of these "small" things in one afternoon has made for a very unsettling sense of house. I feel inadequately nested also, due in part to working far too long in this pregnancy, this time.

Tomorrow will be a good day, a better day. I will certainly sleep for the first time in a week - I'm just too tired not to. And tomorrow is my baby shower at work. Presents, food and great co-workers. A doctor's appointment in the afternoon. Three things that will make today go away.

And then there's Stella herself. In approximately ten days, we'll meet her. What can be better than that? Not a thing in the world.

December 14, 2008

Sickly Sunday

James is sick. I just came down with it. And now Jason. Ugh. We need to pull the dark drapes closed upon the house and put up "keep out" signs.

On the flip side, Stella Bella will be arriving by the 29th of this month, looks like (in other words, 16 days...whoa). I'll be induced on the 29th if she's not here already, and then poof - instantly a family of four. We are very excited. A "date certain" does wonders for my OCD tendencies.

With James, I was content to let him "cook" until he felt ready to arrive. And cook he did, to the tune of almost 9 pounds and a week late. And I think he would have cooked longer if Jason and I didn't delve into ancient Chinese acupressure and old wives' tales. At least with Stella, she probably won't make it to 9 pounds, although I'm sure she's going to be tipping the scales in the 8 pound range. This pregnancy has been totally different, and it calls for different measures... and I, for once, am flexible enough to roll with the punches. Motherhood does wonders for the A-type control freaks... I cannot decide if it makes us better, or if it just represses the monster until the kids' teenage years... to be seen.

Either way, the joy of very soon, having a baby girl in this house... is just beyond words.

December 7, 2008

Time is ticking down...

Okay... so how scary is this pregnancy ticker? It's on the LAST block!

pregnancy calendar

At least it made me pack a hospital bag and push Jason to put the other car seat in the car. I am ready now. :)

December 5, 2008


Thank goodness for Friday.

And thank goodness for:
1) puppets, and
2) hospital online pre-registration.

December 3, 2008


So James' first birthday has come and gone.... our 7th wedding anniversary... my 29th birthday... and now, Thanksgiving 2008. The crazy part is that Christmas is going to fly by, and then a new baby. The panic is starting to set in. I managed to set out a suitcase today, to pack for the hospital. That's as far as I got. But it's progress. I have exactly fourteen work days left before my vacation days, and then maternity leave. I am ready for Stella to arrive, but she really needs to wait until then - there's so much left to do. If she's anything like her brother...we'll have to coax her out for days.

James now goes on daily walks with Ms. Luz... here is a slew of videos taken today by Dad. I couldn't choose which ones I loved best. So i will post them all.

We are so proud of the little monkey. He just keeps us laughing, and laughter is the good stuff in life.

My very good friend, Beth, had her baby last Tuesday, November 25th, by the way. :)

November 25, 2008

James' One Year Checkup

Little monkey is 26 lbs, and 32 inches tall...
...95% percentile for height, and 80% in weight.

November 24, 2008

Life... at the speed of light.

So, apparently we have a one year old. This snuck up on me today as I was watching this video, and thinking of Stella on her way.

I am anxious about Stella's arrival, but in a different way than I was with James. This is more like a calm before the storm, instead of the worry before the cluelessness.

I know what to expect this time (no sleep, no energy, the woes of having a child literally latched on to oneself, wondering who this baby is and when her parents are coming to pick her up)...and that peace is priceless.

I am not going to suffer embarassment with lugging a breastpump work - I'm going to hoist the darn thing over my shoulder and announce "no one open this office door, or ELSE!" I will not care when Stella is screaming at the top of her lungs because James has spilled his milk over her head at the Mexican restaurant, and I will be one giving dirty looks to the folks who are giving ME dirty looks for the loud children I dared to bring out in public. Oh yes, I am a MOM now. And there are things I just do not care about anymore!

I used to wear contacts each and every morning and suffer through 8+ hours of high heels. And I will certainly be doing this by May 2009 (when I can no longer have an excuse for flip flops). In the meantime, however... I am packing my heft into stretchy pants, my meat feet into clogs, and plodding to work...celebrating each and every second I have left in this pregnancy, and cherishing all the spit-covered days to come.

Jason and I have been blessed beyond words. I may complain about the trials of motherhood for years to come... but deep down, I will never mean a word of it.  Or if I do, then it will greatly reduce every year.

November 22, 2008

The Mayfield Dairy

Today we went on a "tour" of the Mayfield Dairy. I put "tour" in quotes, because we did not make the tour. We were all required to wear hairnets, including James, and he would have none of it. So we got to see the first 3 minutes.

BUT, it was still a fun time... there was a great gift shop and James had some ice cream. All in all... good day.

Too bad I am about to pop from this pregnancy.

November 13, 2008

Walking boy....and Birthday Video

So now that James is walking, we are in a complete and total panic all the time. Tonight he face-planted, right into his shiny firetruck... and poor little monkey is clearly going to have a shiner. But he's a boy, and a walking one at that... what can we expect.

Today was a very stressful work day, but I came home to a sweet baby boy, and walked upstairs to see a hot pinkly decorated baby girl room, and I realized how thoroughly my cup runneth over.

Blessed. Blessed. Blessed.

8 or so more weeks to go... and officially, HERE WE GO AGAIN.

Love to you all.

November 2, 2008

Baby James' First Steps

Okay, so he's been taking a few steps here and there, but today, we officially have a walker. He took steps and fell, and got up and did it again... for over twenty minutes. So funny. Enjoy!

What Happened to the Dawgs?

My goodness... that GA/FL game. We should not even speak of it.

Instead, check out this Bathtime Baby James video. It was taken awhile ago, but I just go around to uploading it.

October 31, 2008

James' First Halloween

Our little dinosaur... turned out to be our little tiger. Our friend Rhonda bought James this tiger costume last year, and it was too cute not to use. We took James to the Mexican restaurant in his costume, and he was a "hit." Hope ya'll all had a great day. We sure did.

Stella Goes to New Kids on the Block...

Wednesday night.... I took Stella to New Kids on the Block concert at the Gwinnett Arena. She went along with Whitney, Shawna, Katie and Laura... we had a great time.

What's worse than 15,000 screaming teenagers (circa 1991)? Well, 15,000 screaming thirty-somethings. It was awesome.

October 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Baby Boy

Yesterday was baby boy's first birthday. We had a "small" party that ended up pretty big. James was such a big boy, and loved his birthday cake. He had lots of smiles for everyone, and was still scared of the balloons.

I cannot believe that our little baby is one. Time flies so fast.

And in no time, little Stella will be here...and we'll be celebrating her first birthday.
I just try and soak it all up.
Love ya'll, M

October 19, 2008

Married 7 Years

Today, Jason and I have been married 7 years... Time has flown, and I am still amazed how much we have grown. And I can honestly say, that each and every day, I love this man more and more, and I consider myself more blessed than words can properly express.

This has probably been the first year out of 7 that we did not have some huge anniversary production.

And yet, this year... has been the most fulfilling.

Here's to 7 more years together... and 50 more after that.

I love you, Jason. I am so proud of you. Thank you for loving me.
And thank you for our babies... your son who has your joyful spirit and silly smile, and your daughter, who no doubt has your strong legs and nighttime thrashing habit.

You are the best part of me. I am glad you're mine.


October 11, 2008

Baby Stella's First "Photos"

Today we went to Baby's First Images and had an ultrasound of Baby Stella in 3D. Was a really neat experience... had a great time. She's got lots of hair, and it looks like she has long legs and big hands. I am hoping the Schlogl tall/long-leg genes will show up!

Click HERE for more photos...
Took James back to the pumpkin patch. He was a "little" more enthusiastic this time, and met a "friend" there. He picked his pumpkin - I won't criticize it, but it was not the best one in the bunch! He was tuckered out, and hit the sack about 7:15 tonight.