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Jun. 10th, 2008



So, I thought I was showing the same this time around, but after looking at pictures, I don't think so! I don't have exact weekly comparisons, but close enough. Now granted, by this time with Emily, I had gained about 20 pounds, but this time around, I've only gained 5. FIVE. Let's hope that I can keep that up. Because I have A LOT to lose once this baby gets here. I've kind of avoided the camera this time around, but need to realize that I can't do that. I need to be fair for the kids.

Pregnancy #1 --> week 18

Pregnancy #2 --> week 20 (and the output of pregnancy #1)

Jun. 3rd, 2008


Halfway there

Today was my 20-week checkup. TWENTY. I have no idea where the time has gone this time around. It seems like everything is going by at light speed. The baby is moving and moving and moving and it's so great to feel her. It's truly a blessing that as a woman I get to experience this. As women go, I'm a very, very happy pregnant person. There is an interesting spectrum of pregnant women - I am one of the lucky that just LOVES being pregnant. I'm thrilled, too, that I've kept my weight in check. Granted, I started much higher than I did with Emily, so I have a lot of weight to spare. But I thought I would struggle. But I'm pleasantly surprised. I guess my body just knows what to do.

Now that we know it's a girl, there is so much to do! I feel under-prepared in some respects, but at the same time I've learned what a baby truly needs to survive, so I know I don't need to stress as much about getting everything "ready." We need to remove massive amounts of professionally installed Noah's Ark wallpaper from our guest room to get it ready for painting. Even the light switches are wallpapered. At this point in my pregnancy with Emily, I think I had bought enough clothes for 3 babies and the room was all but ready. This time? I've bought 2 things and done nothing with the room.

We are trying to enjoy our summer (summer? sure doesn't feel like it with constant rain here in the Northwest) and spend some extra-quality time with Emily. She's going through such a tremendous phase right now that is so much FUN. The best part of my day is picking her up from school everyday.

May. 27th, 2008


Hello LJ World!

So, I realize that I've been MIA in LJ-land... as in like half my pregnancy is gone and I've merely mentioned it in passing.

We had the big ultrasound on Friday and for those of you who don't know yet, we're having another GIRL. And we couldn't be happier! Now I have a use for all those clothes taking up storage space in our garage. Emily is very excited to have a little sister and looks at me and says, "mama, girls rock, huh?!" It's very cute. Most of the guys I know usually say, "But doesn't Jeremy want a boy?" Jeremy was actually outwardly rooting for another girl, while I was the one secretly hoping. It's not that we wouldn't have welcomed a boy, but we *know* how to raise a girl already and it would be neat for Em to have a sister. After all, Jer and I came from families with one girl and one boy each.

We had some cruddy weather for our big 3-day weekend, so we didn't do much. Not to mention that my back has been giving me some issues. We did have an incredible lightning and thunder storm roll through town that was pretty fantastic. But I'm glad that I don't have to suffer through those often. Even if I know thunder can't hurt me, that sound is SCARY.

Back to work. Because I have procrastinated WAY. TOO. LONG.

Apr. 23rd, 2008



I often wonder where all my time goes. I'm awake for so many hours a day, but it seems like it just goes by in a "whoosh." And then before I know it, it's the next morning! And the cycle starts all over.

I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after vacation last week. We took Emily to Disneyland and had so much fun. I anticipated so many tantrums and fights, but she was GREAT. My brother and his girlfriend met us down there, so it was great to spend some time with family, too. And the So Cal weather?! HEAVEN compared to this miserable, cold, rainy Portland weather that is neverending. Of course the vacation offered various photo opportunities, one of my favorites being:

My pregnancy is going well - 14 weeks today. I'm feeling good and just getting that 2nd trimester energy. I've been told that I'm a very happy pregnant lady, so I take that as a compliment. I'm very lucky in that I feel pretty good throughout (or at least I did last time and this time so far). Even my back is cooperating, which is always what I'm most nervous about. In just a few weeks, I'll be able to post about gender - we've got a lot of people rooting for a boy this time around, but I think Jeremy's destined to have a house full of women to bug him. We'll see. I know that nillyroo is dying to find out, too!

Hopefully I'll find my lost time somewhere...

Mar. 25th, 2008


I thought it was Spring?

I'm sitting here at work trying to finish up a few things, but I just lack the motivation. Completely. So, I thought I'd update...

It's been a whirlwind of activity these past few weeks with Easter, Suzi's visit, a Wiggles concert, and just the everyday stuff. I forgot that the seasons changed and we're now into Spring. Or so the calendar says. Portland likes to think it's still in the middle of winter - with some snow expected tomorrow. I can't tell you how much our Disneyland trip in the next few weeks will brighten my mood and bring out my freckles. 75 and sunny? I can't even imagine. But first, we have to get through the next few weeks of Jer traveling and me traveling and hopefully Emily containing her Disneyland excitement long enough for us to actually get there.

Of course what occupies most of my thoughts is a new baby. Yep, that's right - I'm FINALLY pregnant. I'm just shy of 10 weeks, but feel like I'm showing at 20. People say that you show much quicker your second time around, but this much? Now I'm really paranoid that it's twins. But seriously - and maybe TMI for some of you - we tried for a long time to give Emily a sibling and just when I started to lose hope, BAM. They say nature works that way. And just for kickers, my due date is right at Emily's birthday - October 24th. But I'm hoping that she won't have to share. I'll either keep my legs closed or push really hard to ensure that doesn't happen. Because really, who wants to share their birthday?

My first check-up has come and gone, but that was nothing exciting. My next appt. is April 11th and that's when we'll get to hear the heartbeat and have the first ultrasound. We'll be taking Emily with us - we haven't even told her yet. I want it to be something tangible for her. We can't wait to see how she'll react.

Oct. 30th, 2007



I'll admit it - this year I just wasn't as in to it as I usually am. My hand is dead. But I think they turned out ok!

Oct. 29th, 2007


Tales of a mood-switching toddler

This weekend was HORRIBLE with Emily. She's in a phase where she thinks screaming for 45 minutes will get her what she wants. But I am *so* over giving in to her. So last night, I was bummed. One of those why-did-I-do-this-I-hate-my-life kind of moods. And I was dreading Monday. But it's like Emily woke up a totally different kid - and stayed that way all. day. I picked her up from school, made dinner, made Halloween cupcakes, played in her Lightning McQueen tent and then she went to bed without a fight. How can they be so different just overnight?

I'm getting a little bit of relief at work, which I desperately need, so that's good. Anybody that's worked in site start-up knows how crazy it can be, I guess. I try not to stress. But I still do. And I've been fighting off this damn cold for over a week now. I went to the chiropractor today and asked him what this huge lump on the side of my neck is. He said it's my lymph node. Greeeat. Here comes months of unending illness.

Tomorrow night is pumpkin carving... WOOT! I'm pretty sure that I won't be able to pull off any loxie carvings, but I'll sure give it my best shot.

Oct. 26th, 2007



So... two months later and here I sit. I even received a couple of nudges here and there wondering where the heck I've been (thank youblue_wisteria). Mainly the reason why I've been MIA is because I'm working full-time again and by the time I get home, get Em in bed, and relax a bit it's like midnight. And then I'm up at 6 (ok, maybe 6:30) and start all over. Some days I wonder why I wanted to work again. Some days I wonder what I did with my time when I didn't work. Most days I just try to figure out how to cope with a willful 3-year-old, work, keep up with the house, and still keep my sanity. Tonight, I've lost it.

In the past two months:
- Emily tried dance class and stopped dance class
- Jer's grandma visited
- Em's godmother visited
- Most of the trees have lost their leaves
- I started the gym again (one day *does* count)
- My back is miraculously gotten better to the tune of ONE Tylenol/day vs many ibuprofen/day
- Jer and I celebrated six years of marriage
- We potty-trained Em
- nillyroo and family came to visit
- I became the mother of a 3-yr-old

I still can't believe that Emily turned 3. And in Oregon fashion, it poured the day of her birthday party and we had to put the jump house in the garage. Her theme was "Cars." The lady at the cake place said that in all the years she's worked there, she's never seen a "Cars" cake for a girl. That's my Em - boy at heart. I even had a cute dress picked out for her party, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Here she is on the day of her birthday party:

I hope that I won't disappear for another two months. But I can't make any promises...

Aug. 9th, 2007


holy smokes!

Ok, so the Hillsboro Airshow is this weekend and right now the Blue Angels are doing test flights RIGHT. OUTSIDE. Like, I can see the pilots and feel the windows shake. It's crazy as hell! Our building is in the "sterile corridor" where they close all the roads, etc.

It makes it very difficult to work... mostly hoping that a plane doesn't crash into my desk!

Jul. 25th, 2007


Kids in Cars

If I hear about one more person leaving their kid in the car and the kid dying, I will completely and totally LOSE. MY. MIND.

How is this possible? Honestly, how? I mean, I know that we all go into auto-pilot mode from time-to-time, but complete oblivion? Like the latest guy in the Bay Area that drove to work - forgetting to drop his kid off at daycare - then came out like 7 hours later to a dead kid? And nobody else even noticed a kid in the car all day?! COME ON!

I just don't get it.

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