Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Travis got up between DVR shows and went to say hi to Sagira. I like to call her our TV ornament because she always sits on the back of it to stay warm. Occasionally she'll stand up and all we see is her little head sticking over the top. When she saw Travis, they started having a conversation.
Talking with Sagira from Nicolette Ward on Vimeo.
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Chocolate cake is easier to see than white cake. =D
Wednesday Having Her Cake from Nicolette Ward on Vimeo.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
This shelf is above the built-in dresser in the nursery. I went through my old books from my childhood when I was at my mom's house this Christmas. Most of the books on the bottom shelf are those books. That DAD frame is one of the items I gave Travis as a gift to tell him we were pregnant. I plan to put his first photo with Lil' Wodie in that frame.
Every year for Christmas my dad gives me a gift that was something I played with as a kid: Topple, Old Maid card game, Silly Putty, the book Polar Express and that Candyland game on the shelf. The fun thing about all these gifts is that I can save them for my babies. I'll be able to share something from my childhood with our kids.
Oh, and that Sock Monkey is from David and Stephanie. =D
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Back to the ultrasound... IT WAS AWESOME. He was big enough that we saw every organ in his belly, the most prominent being his stomach and bladder. That was a good sign because that means he is drinking the amniotic fluid and his kidneys are properly filtering it to store in the bladder. They also measured multiple bones, including the two in his forearm. He has two feet and two hands, with little bones. We even saw him moving his tongue in a sucking fashion, complete with movement in the throat muscles.
After the ultrasound I offered the pictures to Travis to take to work if he wanted to show off his son's "goods". He declined. I guess its not cool for guys to flash sonogram pics. Whatever. I just may have to do it for him.
The doctor told me that I can feel free to take the tags off of all the blue clothes and wash them in preparation for the baby's arrival. He said that if this child comes out a girl, she is going to need some serious plastic surgery work down there. I'm taking that as my cue to cut the tags off of everything and continue with my organizing!!
If I can ever get my butt to Walmart, I will scan some of the sonogram photos onto a CD so I can get them up here. And anywhere else I can show off the kiddo.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Travis made it out of marine rope and PVC pipe. I spent the latter half of Monday going to four separate stores trying to find child hangers to hang the new clothes on that thing. But I was determined to find some before the end of the day. I ended up washing all the 3-6 month hand-me-downs and hung them on the bottom rung.
Everyday when the sun goes down, I go into Lil' Wodie's room and turn on the night light. We are slowly making progress. I can just feel the room waiting for him to come home.
Monday, January 19, 2009
By the end of opening the gifts, there was tissue paper everywhere. Wednesday must have tasted at least half of them.
I had to jet off for a couple hours to go to another friend's going away party. Sveta, a Russian from work, moved to Alabama yesterday. Why Alabama, you ask? School. I think that might be the only thing that would draw a person to that state, besides family.
The majority of the guests left the party while I was gone. The younger crowd stuck around to party until the later hours of the evening. Prego Nikki even managed to stay up until past midnight. I worked past the exhaustion, so when it was time for me to lay down I had trouble closing my eyes. Even though I was seriously tired. Stephanie went to bed early, since Grams and Gramps took Wednesday for the night again. She was looking forward to using her childless time to catch up on some Z's. David stayed up for a while, but also went to bed well before I did.
Wednesday made out good. I didn't get to see the truck after they packed it full of her goodies, but I can imagine it was a tight fit. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate Wednesday's big day!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Alex's new Indo-Board from Nicolette Ward on Vimeo.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Travis loves the bump and I couldn't be more ecstatic. I was so worried that he would see me as this cow that keeps invading his space and not want to have anything to do with me. If anything the baby bump has had the complete opposite effect. I LOVE IT. At this point, I love being pregnant. I think I am pretty much over the morning sickness. As long as I eat immediately after waking up in the morning, I don't have any nausea. The few times I waited an hour to eat, while in Illinois, I quickly regretted it. I only threw up once and it was many a moon ago. I'm so happy I made it over the crappy hump of the first trimester. This second trimester is winning with flying colors at this point!
PS - Current cravings are salads and apples with cheese. YUM!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Funny story. This past Sunday (the day after arriving home), I was walking out to the garage to do laundry when I noticed a pile of dry, but wet-looking, toilet paper in my yard. I thought it was strange, but was more interested in the task at hand to spend much time pondering. A little later I noticed a spot on the sidewalk that looked like what had been mud at the bottom of a puddle that had dried up. I asked Sara if there had been a lot of rain while we had been away and she responded, "No, but it was foggy a lot."
I was getting weirded out by the random stuff going on in my backyard, but gave up thinking about it too much. Monday evening, I went out to the garage to fold a bunch of my laundry that had accrued. When I was walking back to the house, Callaway was acting strange, sniffing around the lawn chairs and table we have sitting back there. Since my eyes were not accustomed to the dark after being in the lit garage, I kept walking and called him along with me. I saw Sara walking out to her car, when she yells, "did you know your cat was outside?" I look to my back door to find that it is open and Bella is crouching just outside the door.
Here's the thing. We don't let our cats outside. I had two cats when I was a child that had to have a leg amputated because they either got run over by a car or broke their leg doing who-knows-what. I wasn't ready to deal with that with my cats, so we opted for indoor-only cats. I freaked out and shooed Bella back into the house. As I finished the trek to the back door, I came across what appeared to be water flowing across the sidewalk. I couldn't figure out where it was coming from and decided to ask Travis if he had dumped a bucket of water outside. (Because he was magically able to mop the house, dump the water and hop into the shower during the 20 minutes it took me to fold laundry?)
When I got inside, I checked for the other two cats, but came up short one. I quickly grabbed a flashlight and ran back outside. Sagira was missing and I worry that if she ran away she would never come home. It's not that I doubt her ability to find her way back. It's more that I don't trust people to see a super-cute Bengal and just let it wander on by. Anyhoo, I immediately noticed her reflective eyes sitting over on the lawn chair that Callaway had been so interested in a few minutes earlier. Phew!
When I grabbed her I was quick to notice that she was wet and smelled like pee. I brought her inside and went to find Travis to see if he could help me solve this strange mystery. Turns out, the strange flowing water on my sidewalk and the escaping cats were totally unrelated. It was just too much weirdness for my brain to comprehend as separate situations. I must not have closed the door all the way when I went out to do laundry, and the flooding sidewalk is due to sewage backing up into my yard. AWESOME.
Travis immediately got pissed when we figured out that sewage was overflowing from a clean-out junction on our property. The last thing we can afford right now is a plumber. Lucky for us, Travis has his feelers out in the construction business. He called a buddy of his who's father is a plumber. He told us what to look for and when Travis told him what he saw he said, "call the city." Good enough for me! That's way better than paying a plumber to check things out and find that it's not a problem he could solve.
Travis called the city the next morning and they came right away to jet-clean the lines. Unfortunately, that resulted a multitude of nastiness being forced out of the line and into my backyard. And it's still there. Because I don't want to touch it. I didn't actually notice it until this morning on my way out for work because it was dark when I got home last night.
I will most likely force Travis to spray everything down with the hose. Last thing I need right now is rampant bacteria growth in my backyard, what with Lil' Wodie growing in my belly and everything.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Audrey's hair is long and wavy. It is strange because both Chrissie and Jordan had nearly pin-straight hair when they were little. I guess Chrissie's grandma has hair like that. Chrissie said she blow dries Audrey's hair straight most of the time. LOL!
I had a great time catching up on the life of Audrey. I got to change a poopy diaper and I even got to witness bath time. Audrey loves the water. I need to get the camcorder out so I can get the videos uploaded.
I was wondering what you do to take care of a baby in the frigid winters of the north. I got my answer when Chrissie brought the baby home in this bad mamba-jamba. I took this photo while we were shopping for curtains for the nursery. She slept the whole time we were out. Chrissie had to wake her up for feeding time at Olive Garden (I love the never-ending salad, bread sticks and soup).
Travis was honing his bottle feeding skills. I think he did a pretty good job. His thoughts were that as long as he can watch the football game on TV while he takes care of Lil' Wodie, he'll be able to handle parenting easily enough. GREAT.
Audrey really seems to love watching football. She doesn't really pay attention to the TV until there is a game on. Chrissie thinks it might be because of the bands playing all the time and the colorful crowd. Either way, she enjoyed the show while Travis burped her.
Dad gives it a go! I'm not quite sure what Audrey's face is all about. I think the red-eye reduction light on my camera freaked her out a little. I had to put my finger over it to get shots of her without a deer-in-headlights response.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I was hoping that we would be able to get some better shots on the drive back, but I forgot about the fact that there are no street lamps left to light the area. We got in around midnight, and to top it off it was foggy again. We noticed at the ferry landing that everything was still running off of generators. And of course, we were "randomly" chosen to have our vehicle searched. I was going to go off if they made us open the trunk. It was packed full to the ceiling, plus we had to make use of the roof rack for our luggage. Thankfully, they let that step slip and they just checked what they could. No drugs or guns in our car, by golly.
We made it the whole 18 hours home without one piece of luggage falling off the roof (unlike our last experience with using the roof rack). Travis, Robert and my dad wrapped everything in a tarp before tying it closed with rope and topping it off with ratchet ties. I think that stuff was pretty solid. The only downfall with tying crap to the roof is that our miles per gallon went down 3mpg!! That adds up over 1100 miles. It was worth it though. We brought so much stuff back from my mom's house (on top of all our Christmas gifts).
It was a great vacation!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
I was confused for a moment and thought we had somehow wondered into Mexico. We left the Mexican restaurant after lunch with my dad and this frickin rooster came running out the back door with two Hispanic guys. Woh. Alex couldn't get into his car because he was worried the rooster would attack. Seriously.
Travis and I stayed at Chrissie and Jordan's house for several days around New Year's. It was great to spend so much time getting to know Audrey
Audrey and Mom hanging out in Audrey's nursery.