Thursday, May 21, 2009



"Can we name him Cosmo, mama?" --Sarala

"You can call him Cosmo. Come tell him that you love him, right up next to my belly." (Sarala does as told.)

"He's gonna be the cutest baby ever. God's gonna love him."

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's a BOY!

Just a few weeks ago I told a friend that I was giving up on ever having a boy and resigning to having all girls --it wouldn't be that bad. After that, I had three very vivid dreams that this baby was a boy, parts and all in 2 of them.

Tuesday morning we went for our 20 week ultrasound and got to see the baby live on screen. He was face down, transverse. He wasn't terribly cooperative with the ultrasound tech and wouldn't move to a better position so that she could get a good picture of the heart. I always think it is cool to feel movements at the same time that you see this tiny person moving on the screen. The tech spent a lot of time telling us what we were seeing, but amazingly, I already knew what we were looking at most of the time. One of the neatest things to see was the baby opening and closing his mouth. Wow, and all of that is going on inside of me! The baby measures 4-7 days big and weighed in at 13 oz.

I have to go back next Wed. for a follow up ultrasound to get a good picture of the heart. The girls are going with me this time since it is should be quick. I have already told Sarala that she will get to see the baby inside of me, just like an x-ray. She quickly compared it to Curious George and the puzzle piece, so cute and so right!

I don't have any of the ultrasound pics scanned in, but I will try to do that before long.

Task 1: I promised Sarala I would take her out to get an outfit for her sibling when we found out what we were having. Really, this was an excuse for me to go shopping and pick up some items that I had been watching at Gymboree. I wasn't very disciplined and spent $50. I did get 7 full outfits, a pair of shoes, 2 bibs, and a hat. All really cute! Sarala also picked out a cheap outfit at Old Navy. It has a cute lion on it.

So, finding out that we are going to have a boy sent me into a frenzy of cleaning out girls stuff. Maybe I am actually nesting now. I had actually lost track of how many clothes we were storing. Kaelyn will be 2 next month and we have 5 large Rubbermaid containers overflowing with clothes that are too small for her.

Task 2: get rid of some clothes: accomplished. I spent most of Tuesday afternoon sorting clothes. I have it down to 3 boxes, with a little space to spare. I may try to get rid of even more, but I want to keep the good stuff just in case our 4th is a girl. This also gave me the opportunity to finish the switch to summer clothes and reorganize fall clothes for all 3 kiddos. I now have 3 large bags and 6 mid sized bags going out, and 1 large bag going to my nieces.

Task 3: The nursery: hopefully it will be done before the baby comes. One really great thing about having a boy is that I already have the quilt made, and I have picked up a few things over the last few years to accompany it. I love this quilt! It was my first good project that I ever finished. I really need to re-do the bias tape. I have learned so much about sewing since then! I think that I am going to paint the wall that the crib goes against blue and the other three walls yellow. My mom already has the paint, so this should be a very inexpensive nursery for us, yippee!

So much more to do. Hopefully the next few months will fly by and I will be able to keep the level of energy that I have had the last 2 days!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Too early to nest

Well, although it is too be nesting, I have been trying to get my house in order. During March I stepped back from both of my part time jobs. The very sweet girls that I had been tutoring for over a year moved to NY, and sewing had become too much to keep up with. I thought that I was past the sleepy part of my pregnancy and then it hit me hard again (the doc thinks it was low blood pressure and should work itself out quickly.) Anyway, these changes allowed me to have some extra time to work around the house, which had completely gotten out of hand.

The first project that I tackled was my basement. I wish that I had a before and after. I hate folding laundry, so I started with probably 10 loads of folding. Next I purged toys that were just taking up space, and reorganized the remaining ones. There is still quite a bit of work to be done in my craft area, but it is once again playable! I am looking forward to some hot days spent in the cool of the basement. Too bad I didn't take pictures. Even though I completed that project 3 or so weeks ago, I haven't let the laundry pile up more that 2 or 3 loads (much more manageable).

Every one is having yard sales. My parents wanted donations for their Haiti yard sale so I sent a bunch of stuff with them, including the toys. I try to keep a box going at all times to go to the free market, or goodwill.

Okay, some other projects:

-Kyle helped me go through the kitchen cabinets. We cleared out over 25 things that weren't being used!

-Today I reorganized the pantry, hopefully this will help me use some of the extras, and not to buy wastefully. There are 6 containers of Great white northern beans and I only have one recipe that uses them (white chicken chili-yumm!)

-I have been through both of the girls clothes and taken out winter stuff. I still need to put out the summer, but I have time for that.

-I have been busy planning the merge of Sarala and Kaelyn's room, including drawing the layout and figuring out what to keep and get rid of. We are going to be getting rid of all of Sarala's furniture (keeping her mattress.) Then we will get a twin bed frame for her, and move the dresser from our room into the girls' room. We are going to use a toddler bed for Kaelyn for a while. Having another baby has made it more apparent that we are groing to grow out of this house. We have also been picking colors and theme for the rooms. PINK and ladybugs

-I put away the huge mess on my dining room table, which had become Modern June central (my sewing area). And, I have kept most of the mess off of it.

-I have worked hard to keep the main floor neat and I think that I am doing a pretty good job.

-I planted my garden! I ahev more to go in, but I need it to stop raining.

I am sure that there are more, but I am sure if you have gotten this far you are very bored.

A friend on facebook posted pictures of an Ebay addicts house. It made me want to get rid of even more!

I do have plenty of projects coming up including painting my room, a spot in the dining room, and both kid rooms, plus touch up in the bathroom and kitchen. Also moving the girls and continuing to clear clutter! I love having a presentable home. There is so much less stress. So, here;s to Spring Cleaning!