Monday, May 30, 2011

A Wonderful Visit & Birthday Celebration

Recooperation mode.  That's exactly where Dennis and I started out this morning and where we continue to be this afternoon.  We are recooperating from an incredibly fun - and very busy - weekend with my parents in town, a birthday celebration with the Martins, Kelly, and my parents, a visit to the zoo, a visit to a local park and I'm sure about 100 million other things.  It is such a treat for us to have my parents here and we already miss them as they drive back to Missouri this afternoon.

As if there was ever any doubt, Connor is showing his athletic skills at a very a young age. He enjoyed his new basketball hoop (a birthday gift) this weekend and clearly dominates when he plays soccer, teeball, and golf in our backyard.  Watch out, Deon Sanders.  Here comes Connor Martin. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011


It's good to continue to learn. And we do a lot of that around our house. That's probably why we're so smart, but we'll get into that another time. What are our recent learnings, you ask?

1. Having your yard aerated, then adding top soil and 10-10-10 mixed together is not as easy as it looks. Especially when you then add more Bermuda seed and sand. This is an example of an over-zealous wife thinking she and her hubby could do all of this in a couple of hours. I helped as much as I could, but Dennis wouldn't let me do as much as I would have liked due to the very active little girl in my belly.

2. Dennis stole a recipe from Kristi's blog and it was delish (thanks Kristi!). The recipe for Spicy Dr. Pepper Shredded Pork was simple, delicious, and I will put it on my short list of things we will cook again. (I'm taking credit here as if I cooked it - - but Dennis did all the work. I think he may have chosen the recipe because it requires a dutch oven but that's an entirely different post...).

3. Katherine Heigl is awesome. I am a huge fan of hers as of a few minutes ago. Don't buy from a breeder - ADOPT, people! And do what you can to help your local animal shelters promote spay and neuter initiatives. ADOPT a sweet dog or cat today (as I type this, our sweet pooch, Echo, is licking my ear. She is appreciative that we saved her, even if we did bring her into a house of chaos.)

And yes, I'm tearing up right now.

4. Nunu likes chips and salsa. We went to dinner WITH Connor at our old favorite Mexican restaurant. By old, I mean it's so BC (before Connor). He fed Nunu a tortilla and then plopped him up on the table. Dennis and I started laughing hysterically because Connor gave him prime seating for chips and salsa without realizing it.

5. I could probably drink a dozen pellegrino's in a day. Or an hour.

And, well, my head hurts now from remembering all of the things that we've learned as of late. So that'll have to do it for now.

Friday, May 13, 2011

All Boy

As mentioned previously, Connor likes to run. He won't walk or travel anywhere at half-speed. Nope, no way, that's boring. As he runs, he opens his eyes really wide and says, "Fast, fast, fast!"

Up until yesterday, we had successfully (and narrowly) escaped collisions with walls, doors, and tables. Yesterday was the day we all knew would - but secretly hoped wouldn't - come.

Connor's school called both Dennis and me to tell us the news. Apparently it was snack time and Connor was excited. Naturally, he wanted to be the first one to sit down at the table. The only possible way for him to travel from point A (where he was standing) to point B (his desired seat at the table) was to run. And FAST. He didn't slow down in quite enough time and had a run-in with the table. Unfortunately, I think the table won.

As you can see from the photos (taken from my phone, so not the best quality), he had a decent cut above his left eye. Luckily his cut was not any lower or we would've definitely made a trip to the emergency room. His bandage is almost as big as his face.

Nunu, of course, was there to comfort him on the ride home. He pointed out his "boo boo" to everyone that made eye contact with him at school, out the window on the drive home, and especially when he first saw his Dad. Nevermind the cuts on his knees or any of his other "boo boo's"; the cut on his head was getting all of the attention.

The next morning (this morning), we applied some Neosporin and another bandage. This time, though, he wasn't going to be the only one with a bandaid on his face. He needed his two favorite people (ah-hem, just to state the obvious: his Mom & Dad) to also wear spiderman bandaids on their face.

Dennis is good at following directions (most of the time) and smiled for the photo but Connor didn't want to participate. He was not going to be caught smiling, of all things, with such an injury to his head. Or, quite possibly, he just didn't want to do what his mom was asking of him.

Either way, it's been an adventure. And a fun one at that. I also learned you should go to get stitches when you can see depth to an injury or it doesn't stop bleeding. And we need to have toddler-sized butterfly bandaids at home, in the car, at his school...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Uplifting Experience

One of the "perks" of this pregnancy (if you want to call it that), is that my boobs have grown at a record-setting pace. I am the same size now as I was when I was breastfeeding Connor so I'm a little nervous about what will happen when I breastfeed this little girl.

Wearing my normal "B" cup, I went into a fancy bra shop. Not really super fancy, but nicer than my typical department store bra stop.

A big breasted lady greeted me when I entered the store. "How may I help you today?"

"Well, I need two things. First, I need to go pee. And second, I need major help figuring out what bra I need for these knockers."

After being shown to the restroom, I was measured and then tried on a series of bras. I can't say that I've ever purchased a D cup before, but after doing so today, dese knockers are in a much happier place. Happier, perkier, and ready to face the day.

THANK YOU big breasted lady in the fancy bra shop.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Momsy Womsy

Today started off much better than a typical Friday. Connor's school hosted a "Muffins with Mom" event this morning that involved nothing too crazy; just Connor and me spending time together, eating blueberry muffins, drinking orange juice out of big boy cups, and mingling with other children and their moms. It was such a fun experience to have Connor, holding my hand, pull me into the room with some of his classmates. It was fun. And I felt really important. And proud.

As we entered the room, the mothers were given carnations. One for each child. And I got two. Wow. Two carnations. Connor was waving one of them around like a sword after school and so I'm actually down to 1 1/2 carnations.

The two carnations made me happy, excited, and it seemed to hit home even more: we're having another baby. A little girl. And I can't wait.

I've been holding back on buying anything pink just yet and ended up getting a few little items for her today: some cute baskets for her closet and this sweet little onesie with ruffles. Pink and ruffles. We're official.

Dennis picked Connor up from school and the little man walked in the house, grinning ear to ear. He handed me the sweetest mothers day card.

I love the muffins, the card, the carnations, and making a few first purchases for the little girl that will be joining our lives in a few short months. Most of all, though, today was very special because of my incredibly sweet family. And because of the simple fact that I get to be a mom to such a perfect little boy.