On Saturday morning we made our way down to the clubhouse for the annual neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Before the hunt began we enjoyed some yummy snacks while talking and playing with friends, neighbors and (drum roll, please) the EASTER BUNNY! Many of you might remember Ben’s encounter with the Easter Bunny last year. He wanted nothing to do with that bunny! This year it was a complete 180. Ben LOVED the Easter Bunny. LOVED him! From the moment Ben spotted him, he followed the bunny around everywhere. If we wanted to find Ben all we had to do was look for the large furry white mammal with big ears and a fluffy tail and there was our Ben. We laughed and said that Ben was stalking the Easter Bunny. I begin to worry that the other kids (and parents) were going to get upset because Ben was literally next to or in the bunny’s face at all times…not really allowing for much face time with the bunny for all of the other kids. Thankfully, no one seemed to mind a bit and Ben was polite enough to step aside so that others could take pictures with the bunny too!
Ben couldn’t wait for the hunt to begin downstairs on the back lawn. He kept asking Jake to take him downstairs and Jake kept telling him “no” since it wasn’t time for the hunt to begin. So what did our sweet boy do? He asked the Easter Bunny of course…over and over and over again. “Bunny, go downstairs?” Thankfully bunnies don’t talk so all he could do was shrug his shoulders at Ben.
Finally, the much-anticipated hunt began!! Ben was quite the skilled egg hunter and filled up his entire basket! This is the best “hunting” picture I got. The boy was serious about hunting eggs! If I stopped for a second to talk with someone, Ben (and Jake) were gone. I actually lost them during the egg hunt for about 30 minutes!!
Once the hunt was over Ben was ready to check out his loot! We had stuffed some of the eggs with jellybeans and he was delighted to get to eat them. He kept asking for “more jellyfish please, Mommy!” Since the day of the egg hunt, Ben has been carrying his Easter basket full of empty plastic eggs around with him everywhere! We were playing in his room this afternoon when he stood up and said, “Be right back, Mommy.” And sure enough he did come right back with his Easter basket full of eggs in tow. We took them out of the basket, put them back into the basket, opened them, closed them, counted them and named them by color. I had no idea eggs could be this entertaining!
Just about every time we drive by the clubhouse now (which is often since we pass by it every time we enter and exit the neighborhood) Ben likes to point at it and say, “Ben hunt Easter eggs right there!”
At my appointment on Wednesday we learned that I’m 3-4 cm dilated which means I’ve progressed a whole centimeter in the last week!! Wahoo! I’m still 70% effaced. The doctor said there’s a 50/50 chance I could deliver the baby within the next week, 90% that I’ll deliver within the next two weeks and 95% by my due date. After he measured my tummy, he also gave us his best guess for the baby’s weight…approximately seven pounds. Although he did remind us that there’s really no way to know for sure. “Even ultrasounds can be off by as much as 25% when trying to determine a baby’s weight,” he said.
My next appointment is on Tuesday, March 30th!! We’ll see if I make it that long!
From the mouth of Ben (about the baby):
Ben loves to wrestle and tackle. He’s been asking me A LOT lately if he can tackle me. Since I’ve gotten rather rotund I keep telling Ben, “Once baby Jude is no longer in mommy’s belly, you can tackle me.” This response seems to suffice him for now. Although Ben likes to remind me several times a day, “Baby Jude come out, Ben tackle mommy anytime.”
Filed under Ben, Jude, Orlando
The scene: After a very busy day…neighborhood Easter egg hunt, flying kites in the park and cleaning the house, we sat down to somewhat of a late dinner of Jersey Mike’s Subs…Ben and I shared the tuna sub and Jake had the super sub. As an extra special treat we even kept the TV on to watch Kentucky vs. West Virginia in the NCAA tournament. We watched while we ate.
Ben: Go Jimmy Go!
Me: Who’s Jimmy?
Jake: I don’t know.
Ben: Go Jimmy Go!
Jake: Ben, the player with the ball is named John. (John Wells, point guard, for Kentucky.)
Ben: Go John Go!
(John hits a free throw.)
Ben: They scored!
Ben: Go John Go!
Ben: John, Can you hear me?
Ben: I’m right here!
Ben: Look back here!
Jake and Me: (Laughing out loud.)
So, I was sitting on the couch this morning folding a big pile of towels while Ben and Dakota played behind me on the tile floor. The next thing I know Ben comes running up to me with water dripping from his face and down his shirt and he says, “Ben drink water like Dakota!” He had a huge smile on his face and seemed to be feeling quite proud of his accomplishment. I turned back to see Dakota lapping up water from his water bowl that apparently Ben now shares with him. And sure enough a little while later (as if there was any doubt the boy was drinking from Dakota’s water bowl) I caught him doing this…
Ben LOVES to do EVERYTHING Dakota does these days. He likes to lay next to him (and on him) and he even tries to mimic Dakota’s unique talking. For those of you that have been around Dakota for any amount of time you know what I mean…it’s hard to describe, but he does…talk. Ben likes to say, “Dakota goes ‘whoa whoa whoa’.” Ben also takes GREAT pride in feeding Dakota dog food twice a day and speaking on Dakota’s behalf when he needs to go inside or out. He’ll ask me, “Can you help Dakota go outside, Mommy?” Or he’ll stand by the back door and call out to me, “Dakota wants in, Mommy!” Here they are enjoying a nice afternoon outside together a few days ago.
Filed under Ben, Dakota, Orlando
At my doctor’s appointment on Thursday we learned that I am 2-3 cm dilated and 70% effaced. The doctor seemed a little surprised that I’ve progressed this far at 36 weeks and told me to take it easy for the next week, “We don’t want you delivering quite yet,” she said. I chuckled to myself when I heard “take it easy” knowing that I had a very rambunctious two-year old boy waiting for me at home! But, I’ve been giving it my best effort. Truth be told, we’ve watched the movie Cars three times over the past three days. Thankfully, now that Spring is here and our daytime hours have grown longer, Jake takes Ben out to play after dinner each night for an hour or two. It’s hard not to feel guilty by staying inside when it’s so beautiful here right now. I just keep reminding myself that this is only for a short time and that it really is best to take it as easy as possible.
What is crazy to me is that I was admitted to the hospital to deliver Ben when I was 3 cm dilated and 60% effaced. Funny how the two pregnancies can be so different. I feel like my contractions have gotten stronger, but there is no organization to them. I might have several in a row and then nothing for an hour or two. My neighbor told me last night that she walked around in my similar situation with her second baby for a month…a month.
My next appointment is on Wednesday (I’ll be 37 weeks at that time). We’d appreciate your prayers! Specifically that Jude will come when he’s fully developed and ready and that he’ll be healthy!!
Filed under Jude, Orlando
Today is a very special day. My mom would have turned 62! It is hard for me to believe that this time last year she was here. Yes, we were all grappling with the recent news of her diagnosis at the time (she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on February 13, 2009), but she was with us. We celebrated her birthday last year with dinner at her house followed by her choice of angel food cake and strawberries. What a sweet sweet memory to hold on to! I’m thankful for it!
While thinking about my mom’s birthday this week, it brought back a very fond memory from when we were growing up as kids. For our birthday dinners she would make us feel extra special by letting us use her beautiful china dishes! I always felt so fancy on these special occasions! Every now and then you’ll even catch me drinking something as simple as water from my own china glasses just for fun! (You should try it sometime…turn your ordinary day into a fancy one! ha ha) I can’t wait to pass this tradition along to my kids…I think I’ll just wait a few more years until the whole throwing things from the high chair has passed!
Last night I went back through several old photos my mom gave me and found this one! I wish she was in it with me, but I thought it would be fun to share anyway. I’m not sure how old I was but you can see how pretty the table looked with her china! Oh, and it reminded me of a couple more things. She always had a candle burning on the table. And she would also break out a bottle of the finest sparkling grape juice! This was like over the top fancy to me! What a great mama! (This is a picture of a very old picture (well, not VERY old…I’m not THAT old after all)…hope you can see it okay.)
Last Saturday my friend Christy S. hosted a shower for me with all of our girlfriends from the neighborhood. We had lots of fun chatting, eating, chatting some more, eating some more and opening sweet little baby presents. (Jen’s five-year old son, David, took the picture of us below. Nice work, little David!)
Katy, Debra, Jen, Christy L., me, Misty, Christy S., Judith and Julie
Fun baby Jude decorations! The candles were a gift from Christy for all of us to take home. They each had a tag that said, “Here is a candle for you to light once the stork has made its flight. With the flicker of its flame, please say a prayer in Jude’s name.”
Christy has been taking a cake decorating class. Here is the cake she made for the shower! It was delicious! She sent me home with some of the leftovers…it made the perfect midnight snack! Yummy!
If you’re on the hunt for a fun baby shower game, I’ve got one for you. Christy spelled out the baby’s first and middle names on the little bags below. She then filled each bag with a baby item that begins with that letter. She sealed them shut and we had to guess what was inside by only feeling the outside of the bags. We had a great time coming up with silly guesses! (It was a lot harder than we all thought it would be!)
And in closing, here are a couple of shower gifts I received from my friend and next door neighbor, Kristina (not pictured above). Her mom made these burp cloths and I think they are just adorable. My first baby item with Jude’s name on it!! And for Kristina to give me anything with a Razorback on it is truly amazing. This girl is a die-hard Gator fan! Check out the cuteness!