Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Maternity leave?

Apparently I've taken one over the past month! I've been exhausted, before Soren arrived and even more so after. I've needed a nap pretty much every day for the past 2 months, which has usually been my blogging time. I don't know what our new normal will be over the coming weeks and months but hopefully we will get it figured out soon and come up with a new normal!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

He is here!

Sunday 3-15 at 7:57 AM Soren Anders finally made his appearance! 

Weighing in 8 lbs 4 oz and 20.5 inches long.

He is absolutely perfect and we are all obsessed with him.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Still. No. Baby. After trying everything possible this past weekend to encourage him to come out (excersize ball bouncing, entire pineapple eating, sex, long walks, dance parties with the kids) I've decided he's just way to comfortable in there and wants to hang out till he's forced out by repeat c section (which is only 6 days away.) I'll be spending that rest of the week and weekend with my loves enjoying the sun, and maybe even coming up with a name for this guy. Thanks for checking in those of you who have emailed, texted, instagrammed, it sure does mean a lot! And sorry if this shows up odd I'm attempting to blog from my phone since I'm apparently too lazy the last two weeks to get to a computer! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Alright baby, time to come out and play!

I'm full term.

My house cleaner is currently here doing a deep scrub.

All laundry is washed and folded AND put away. This happens approximately, never ever. 

It's cold out, so not much fun to do out anyway so being stuck in a hospital for a few days will seem like a vacation compared to getting kids in and out of car seats in 5 degrees. 

The bassinet is put together. Hopefully Drew will get the swing up and get the car seat installed this weekend. If not, well those can all be done after baby is born anyway (difference number 1 between first time and third time mom.) 

My maternity clothes no longer fit.

And we are just so SO ready to meet this little man!

Operation: Bouncy ball and spicy food is on tonight! Oh and House of Cards of course. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

I think nesting has set in.

Saturday morning I woke up ( to a little bit of the snow that would fall most of the weekend) and decided, we were spending the morning cleaning, organizing and getting ready for baby. Seems fitting since he will be here in less than 3 weeks! 

I folded countless loads of laundry, stripped everyones beds and washed all the sheets, comforters, pillow cases etc in the whole house, I even scrubbed our bedroom floor. I can't even remember the last time that was done if I'm being completely honest. 

Then I headed out to the mall with a friend for sort of a last girls afternoon/evening out. We went and got pedicures (where I treated myself to the deluxe spa massage package) and then ate a ridiculous amount of popcorn while watching 50 Shades of Grey. Oh yes we did. If you saw the movie/read the book, what did you think? I liked it but thought they left a lot out about Ana's job/life etc that actually gave her a bit of depth. But otherwise I liked it! 

Drew texted me while we were in the movies and said we were in for a surprise when we got out..and we were. It wasn't snowing when we went into the mall, 4 hours later we were in a blizzard with 4-5 inches of snow that had fallen while we were in there.

The snow stopped early Sunday morning. And then started again! They weren't kidding when they said we were in for the storm of the year (so far!) But I so enjoyed the Sunday at home with my family. 

We played outside some (in the love 9 degrees) and made delicious pink snow cream- which Tindra basically thought was the greatest thing ever. 

Throughout the day we got even more cleaning and organizing done, and bassinet building completed, so now I feel like maybe we can relax for the next couple of weeks till little man makes his debut! Hopefully not in the middle of a blizzard..

 ^As soon as T woke up Sunday morning she got herself dressed and went and fount hat and gloves and wait she was ready to go build a snowman.^
 ^It was way too cold for snowman building so they had to settle for snow angel making instead^
 ^Saturday night we remembered to set out a bowl to catch snow in for snow cream making^

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Three Days to a Whiter, Brighter Smile

This #OpticSmiles shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc, and it's advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

The other night in bed I was telling Drew about my not so great day. Tindra had refused a nap and therefor, was a crying, crabby mess by 3 PM. Jasper was in a bad mood because of his hand and not being allowed to play basketball or football because of his stitches, and then needed a lot more help than usual with his math homework. Which of course Tindra wasn't having because she was in the middle of an hour long melt down. And dinner needed to be made. And I was exhausted because hello, a billion months pregnant and not sleeping at night anymore. Basically I was whining about my terrible day. 
How Tindra and I looked all day.
Drew kindly suggested I take some much needed  'mamma time' over the weekend for an hour or two. I was thinking more along the lines of a tropical island without cell phone reception for a week. But since  I'm pretty sure no air lines allow travel at 9 months and I would miss my kiddos too much, I'll settle for a movie and a pedicure next weekend instead. 

Taking me time is something I've never been good at. After a few weeks of non stop 100% kiddo time, I think Drew notices that I could use a little alone time and sends me out, otherwise it doesn't really happen. 

This pregnancy, I have been even worse than usual about my me time. I'm so exhausted at the end of the day that going out alone or with friends sounds almost more work than it's worth. Or on a weekend during nap time, instead of sneaking out for a couple of hours  I would rather nap along with them. 
So getting out solo isn't happening very often. But I do try to sneak in some me time at home. 

My favorite, calming 'me' time I have been getting over the past 8 months, is taking the time twice a day to lotion/oil my growing belly. In the mornings I get the kids their breakfast and then sneak into the bathroom to lotion up and get dressed. And at night before I get into bed, same routine. A few days ago I added another little quick step to my routine, brushing my teeth with Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste, because what mom doesn't want whiter teeth? 

When I heard that it contains the professional recommended product hydrogen peroxide in it that helps whiten teeth in three days just by brushing, I knew I needed to try it. It has two times the amount of whitening ingredient than recommended, which I figured certainly couldn't hurt my coffee loving mouth. I mean lets face it. I can't even find the energy or time to go crab lunch with a friend I certainly don't have time for an appointment at the dentist office. I should have gone months ago, but it's a hassle enough getting to my OB appointments and kids doctor appointments so teeth have certainly been neglected. 

I've only been using Colgate® Optic White® Express White for three days and I can definitely already tell a difference! 

I found Colgate® Optic White® Express White at our local Walmart, and they are going to be having rolling demos in 550 stores on 2/28 to promote this new product, you can check here and see if your store is on the list!

I for one am glad at least my teeth will be looking shiny and white during the pictures that will be taken with this new little man in the coming weeks, maybe the bags under my eyes and the greasy hair that comes with having a newborn won't be as noticeable! Do you have anything going on a few days you would love having whiter teeth for? 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


I'm so up to date on these pregnancy posts..I'm like, 35 weeks now? Just about 36? Something like that. Clearly on top of things. Poor third child. 

I have another appointment tomorrow, but so far everything has been looking good! My OB did mention I'm measuring about a week ahead, but considering Jasper was just under 9 lbs that's not a Huge surprise. After tomorrow's appt the weekly appointments start! The end is getting near. And I'm nowhere near ready. Again, poor third child. 

Before this past appointment I hadn't gained any weight since mid December, but I wasn't too worried. I figured baby was just being nice and taking some of the reserve from my ass and thighs that I had been kind enough to store up for him in the second trimester. But this past week, probably thanks to my newfound love of cookies and cream cookie butter from Trader Joes, I gained 3-4 lbs so there's that. Bringing my weight gain up to about 30 lbs. I knew early on I was going to gain more with this one than the other two..oh wells!

Cravings..have been naan bread and hummus and Mcdonald hot fudge sundaes. I have both almost every day. I blame the fact that we live 5 blocks from a McDonalds. Not good. 
Other than not being able to sleep and ridiculous hip/pelvic pain I feel pretty good. I haven't wrapped my head around the fact in less than four weeks this little boy will join our family!

Jasper had a four day weekend this weekend, and yesterday he got stitches out of his hand from his fall last weekend so I asked him what he wanted to do today, and it's no surprise he chose…Swimming! Which is obviously exactly what this 9 month preggo wanted to. Who wouldn't want to shove their pregnant stomach, butt and boobs into a bathing suit. But we went. And the kids had a blast. And I kept getting emotional thinking "This is it. This will be the last day we spend just the three of us." And had to keep choking back the hysterical sobs. And then I thought, next time we go to the pool I'll have to figure out how to keep THREE little humans alive in the pool. And more near hysterical sobs. 

But you know what, bring it on number three, your family is ready to meet you! 

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