Monday, January 30, 2012

Big Boy, Big Bed, and a BIG pregnancy brain moment

John recently made the transition out of the crib, thanks to one of our babysitters. 

For the longest time (at least a year), there has been a full sized bed in John's room along with his crib.  There wasn't really room for both beds, but we didn't have any where else to put it and I hated to get rid of it since John would eventually need a big bed anyways.

So anyways, on dates when Brad and I are out late, this babysitter had a habit of just falling asleep in the extra bed in John's room until we got home.  On this particular night, I went to go wake her up and found that John was also sound asleep in the big bed.  So I left him there and the next night he wanted to sleep in the big bed again. 

And we pretty much never looked back.  Easiest transition to a regular bed ever!

Well, after I found out I was pregnant and it became clear that we were not getting rid of the crib any time soon, we decided that 3-4 more years of  hitting our shins on the end of that stupid bed a cramped bedroom was just not going to work.

So we bought John a bunk bed.  We figured if baby #4 is a boy they will share a room anyways, and if not, well boys just like bunk beds.

Now, if you have ever purchased large furniture items, you know that you go to the store, pick out what you want, pay for it and then go home and wait for it to be delivered.  Over the years, Brad and I have bought lots of furniture so I was familiar with this process.  There were about 10 days between purchasing the bed and our scheduled delivery date.

Plenty of time for someone to, I don't know, buy twin sized sheets for the new bed?

That probably would have been smart.

But, never fear.  In the absence of forethought, you can always just do what I did: you take the sheet off of the full bed and just wrap in around the twin mattress.

And then leave it there for another week and a half before you actually go buy the poor boy some sheets that fit!
(Totally blaming this on baby#4!)

Here is my big boy after his first night in his bunk bed:

I tried to sneak a picture of him still sleeping, but he woke up as soon as I opened the door.

He was really upset about the sheets!
(Or the unannounced photo session.  Either one.)

Monday, January 23, 2012

12 weeks

I got my first peek at my little peanut last Friday.  There is something relieving about seeing concrete proof that I am in fact, pregnant and not just going crazy.  (At least, not going crazy for no reason.)

This little baby is quite a mover and a shaker.  He (and I mean that in a completely generic sense) had hiccups the whole time, which was just hilarious!  Every once in a while the hiccup would be so big that it turned into a full body stretch/flip.  And he kicked constantly.

Not that I could feel any of this action.  It was so surreal, seeing all of this going on inside of me but not being able to feel any of it!

I spent the rest of the day just smiling.  I already love this little cutie to pieces!

Friday, January 20, 2012

John and his Johnny

The other day the girls and I went on a field trip to see the Florida Orchestra in concert and John got to stay with a babysitter.

This particular babysitter is a favorite of ours.
  In fact the girls, upon hearing who John would be playing with while we were away, actually told me that it would be fine for me to go to see the orchestra myself and they would just stay with Miss Lauren.  Needless to say, that did not happen.

John got spent some quality one on one time with Miss Lauren, and since Miss Lauren loves my son so much that she would rather spend money than make money while babysitting, they spent that quality time at Build-A-Bear! 

He came home from his date with a new alligator friend, whom he cleverly named Johnny.

When they got home, of course, Mommy wanted to hear the details of their outing so Miss Lauren preceded to tell me about how much fun John had at Build-A-Bear: he picked out his own animal, helped stuff it and then picked out the outfit and helped to dress his alligator. 
Now in my experience, when a babysitter is giving me the play by play of her time with my children there will inevitably come a point in the story that makes me close my eyes and shake my head.  This portion of the story usually involves nudity of some sort.  Today's story did not disappoint.
As John was dressing Johnny, he caught a glimpse of Johnny's backside and exclaimed: 
"Oh look!  He has a penis!"

I can just imagine how painful choking down the laughter must have been for Lauren as she explained the difference between a tail and a penis to my son.
After talking it over for several minutes, John (clearly unconvinced) turned to the Build-A-Bear employee who was checking them out and said quite proudly, "My alligator has a penis."

So for any of you moms of boys out there, wondering if your son would enjoy a trip to Build-A-Bear, I think the verdict is a definite thumbs up.

Just be sure he can differentiate between a tail and his penis beforehand!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some 2011 highlights

So it has been like 6 weeks since my last post.  I really have been meaning to sit at my computer and catch up.  There has just been so much going on.  But before I get into any of that, let's take a look back at 2011.

We started the year off right...loving on our New Hampshire cousins!

We had a skiing adventure,

let Aunt Catie torture John with a pair of scissors,

and visited with our best friends!

This little cutie turned 4 in March

and my baby turned 2 in April.

Libby was baptized!

We spent some more quality time with our Atlanta friends

and celebrated another birthday in June.

I got to go back to college and reminisce the "good ole days" with these hotties!  (I think we totally still pass for co-eds.)

We rode horses,

started a new school year,

and celebrated with my cousin, Sarah Jane, as she ended her school career.

We climbed mountains.

We watched (and won) some football.

We had a pretty fabulous year! 
We even saved the best last.

In December, we told this little guy that he would be getting a "big" promotion in the new year!

He is still in shock.

Here is to 2012*.
I think this just might be the best year yet!

(*picture me raising an imaginary glass*)